WASH programme, Zanzibar

We're working on a transformative new project that will change lives for thousands of young people in Zanzibar.

The schools we work with are so overcrowded that each operates a morning school for half their students, and an afternoon school for the other half.

Unfortunately, the challenges at the three schools run deeper still. One school has just 10 latrine (‘long-drop’) toilets for its pupils, another has eight and the third has no working toilets – a total of 18 latrines for 16,051 students, plus staff. This leads to poor hygiene practices and an increase in absence due to sickness.

Girls’ attendance is around 20% lower than boys’, due to a lack of education and facilities regarding menstrual health. According to the UN, just 30% of girls in Zanzibar have any understanding of menstrual health at the point of puberty. This results in many girls staying off school for the week because they are unsure how to manage their menstrual cycle, significantly impacting their long-term education and subsequent opportunities.

Not just a WASHroom.

African Adventures and African Adventures Foundation have teamed up to launch an innovative WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) programme called ‘Not Just a WASHroom’. The two-year project aims to provide increased and equal opportunities for all girls and boys at the three schools we support by delivering an education programme alongside a comprehensive construction project.

The construction project will result in piped water installation, 31 gendered latrine toilets and 12 handwashing stations built across the three schools.

The education programme will last a further 12 months, and see personal hygiene workshops and menstrual health management workshops delivered for both boys and girls at the three schools.

Through a combination of better facilities and positive behavioural change, the project should ensure that each school enjoys better student attendance, and higher academic attainment.

WASH programme Zanzibar

Our approach to this challenge:

Stakeholder Engagement

We consulted with teachers, parents and school leaders to understand the challenges and behaviours in school.


We are busy raising funds through donors and grant-giving organisations.


The stakeholders we included at the inception of the initiative are now driving the project.

project timeline

Nov 2019
Jan 2020
Spring 2020
Spring 2021
Summer 2022
Spring 2023

the impact

"This project has the power to change this community. For too long, girls have missed a lot of education, and it puts them at a disadvantage. This WASH programme will give them the dignity and opportunities they deserve."

Samson Zuberi
African Adventures’ Co-ordinator, Zanzibar

students will benefit from the programme
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full cost of programme