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Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

African Adventures Foundation has been awarded funding for an exciting Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) and Menstrual Health Management (MHM) programme at our partner schools in Zanzibar.

This three-year programme will benefit 8,253 girls and 7,798 boys who attend the three schools we support in Zanzibar. This will be achieved through the construction of better sanitation facilities and the improvement in understanding of good hygiene practices and menstrual health. Ultimately, our WASH and MHM programme aims to enable all students to reach their potential by reducing absences from school because of hygiene-related illnesses or a lack of confidence in managing menstruation.

The first phase of the programme, which kicked off in summer 2021, will see gendered latrine toilets, urinals and a dedicated girls’ changing room constructed at each of our partner schools, along with proper sewerage systems, clean piped water and handwashing facilities. 

The second phase will see educational workshops delivered to boys and girls aged 10-17, to increase their understanding of good hygiene practices and menstrual health management. Students will have the opportunity to attend after-school clubs, organised by newly established Health Committees at our partner schools. The new facilities will enable the students to put the knowledge gained through the educational workshops to use.

To further support with reducing absences from school due to a lack of confidence in menstrual health management, five local women at each school will receive training on how to make reusable sanitary pads for the female students. African Adventures Foundation will provide two sewing machines, start-up materials and a sanitary pad template to help with this.

Our WASH and MHM programme is set to run until spring 2023, and monitoring and evaluating the progress made at the schools we support in Zanzibar will be one of our core aims over the coming months.