Over 300 pupils from Sing’enge Primary School in Ndhiwa Sub County have a reason to smile after a non-governmental organisation constructed a Sh1.5 million sanitation block.
The NGO dubbed Global Partners for Development in Kenya in conjunction with the office of the former Kasipul Member of Parliament (MP) Joseph Oyugi Magwanga, handed over the eight-door modern pit latrines and one urinal unit to the school administration to enhance sanitation.
The organization’s Country Director Festus Juma explained that the school had received notices of closure from the Ministry of Health for lacking latrines for close to 10 years.
“The school was on the verge of closure for lacking sanitation blocks. They have for a long time been using bushes in the area to relieve themselves and this was putting the lives of both the learners and teachers at risk of contracting various infections,” stated Juma.
He further added that the organisation and the former MP stepped in to assist the school and build a few sanitation blocks to sustain the pupils and the teachers and also create a healthy learning environment.
On his part, Magwanga explained that the blocks were just the first phase of support and they were planning on launching the second phase that would see the school receive new classrooms and offices.
“The pupils are currently housed in iron sheet classrooms which can be very harmful to young children. It is for this reason that we plan on unveiling a second phase of the project and build modern classrooms as well as offices for the school,” said Magwanga.
By Omar Zabbibah