What Makes a Healthy School?
Safe Water Source
Our engineers and drilling teams plan and construct a handicap accessible safe water source to serve each school, ensuring every child has the opportunity to learn without making long walks for water.
Parents invest in their children’s futures. Individual parent teacher alliances (PTA) gather the 10-20% initial contribution for their new water points and restrooms.
Toilets and Handwashing Stations
Lifewater designs and constructs multi-stall school bathrooms with drainable pit toilets that are built to last. Each school also features permanent handwashing stations to improve school hygiene.
WASH Lessons in Curriculum
Teachers incorporate Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) lessons to reinforce healthy habits children are learning at home. A WASH Club of student leaders actively participate in teaching hygiene and sanitation to their peers through songs, dramas, and dances.
Menstrual Hygiene Management
Every girls bathroom has a changing room, trashcans, and pads so young girls can feel confident about going to school. By incorporating female hygiene curriculum into class lessons, teachers help destigmatize menstruation, creating a safer space for everyone to learn.
Every school bathroom is handicap accessible with ramps and handles to ensure all students benefit. Providing accessible restrooms boosts attendance, attracting students with disabilities who could not attend school befores
How Bulumba Primary School was Transformed
“We do things in an impeccable ways at Bulumba Primary. Before Lifewater came, children were suffering; now, we no longer suffer.”
– Nekesa, age 12, Bulumba Primary School, Uganda
Twelve-year-old Nekesa Okumu wants to be an ophthalmologist—an eye doctor—when she grows up.
In 2017, this dream seemed far off for the young student of Bulumba Primary. Children used to leave campus each day to travel to a faraway well for water. They had no bathrooms, so girls missed school while menstruating.
Today, Bulumba has the first ever handicap-accessible safe water well in the region at the heart of campus, and there are four sets of bathrooms for girls stocked with female hygiene products. It’s changing lives for children like Nekesa.
Nekesa and her friends can finally focus on their studies, play, and pursue their dreams.