Boys and girls now learn together. Period.

February 24th, 2021

We’ve been working hard to complete our projects at 7 de Abril school, Chimoio, Mozambique. The school has 9436 students who have been relying on just 6 latrines. But building a completely new water system has not been plain sailing for our local partners WATSAN Mozambique:

 “It has been raining continuously for two months now, with 2 cyclones (Chalene and Eloise) and on top of it Covid 19 restrictions keep changing!”  

Rufaro, WATSAN 

But WATSAN is nearing completion of all the new latrines, solar pump and borehole system, and septic tanks.

Latrine block under construction
Drilling the borehole

Meanwhile WATSAN has been meeting with the school’s director to initiate a girls’ club. 

“He welcomed the idea… and suggested that we also include the boys. We could teach them basic hygiene practices, how to use latrines, and a bit on menstruation so that they understand that it’s normal”

Rufaro, WATSAN
The new ‘girls’ club’

Initially the idea was to start off with 20 girls and 10 boys, but an enthusiastic 46 showed up! Activities were set to begin immediately until new lockdown measures were announced by the Mozambican president.

It’s been months of demanding conditions, a lot of hard work from our partners WATSAN and we’ve almost reached the finish line. We’re look forward to a completed water system, a new girls’/boys’ club and clean, safe water for thousands of young lives.

Many thanks to our generous supporters and funders.