Sanitation for Education – Construction and maintenance of Toilets for 11 Government schools Bangalore North & South zone, supported by Microsoft through CAF
Construction & Maintenance of Sanitation work supported by Microsoft through CAF (11 Government schools, Bangalore North and South)
Through CAF, Microsoft has been supporting the sanitation programme in 11 Government schools since ( ). In the first year of the project, ( )Vidyanikethan worked extensively in the schools where its work included assessment of the conditions of the toilets, wash area, re-designing, construction and renovation. This work was very critical as the toilets were dysfunctional and the water supply was not regular, if not nil in some schools.
In this year ( ) that is in the second year of project implementation, the project entered yet another important phase. The work done as per the construction and renovation needs to be maintained in order for the children to benefit. Accordingly, the school students continued to be sensitized about proper usage of toilets and hand practices. Various cleaning materials were given to maintain hygiene and cleanliness. These included disinfectant cleaning fluids, brooms, wipe cloths etc. The project is happy to note that the regular sensitization has led to the proper usage of the wash area, toilet facilities and surrounding areas. In some of the schools, a cleaner has been appointed to maintain the facilities. In some schools, however, the authorities are asking for salary for a cleaner for the project.
At present, 2000 or 200 children in all the 11 schools are benefitting from these toilets. The toilets are especially very useful for girls. Many of the students have also expressed that the sanitary conditions have improved significantly. Minor repairs were conducted in this year as well, as part of the upkeep or maintenance activities. These included replacing a broken door, cleaning any minor blockage in the drainage etc.