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Train someone to build their own toilet and learn about important hygiene and sanitation issues. Using purpose-built toilets not only gives people somewhere private to go, but also improves the overall health and wellbeing of a community.

How your gift helps

In Zambia, poor sanitation and limited access to safe water is common. It’s a key reason for the high prevalence of diarrhoea and other debilitating, and sometimes deadly, illnesses.

TEAR’s partner, Reformed Open Community Schools (ROCS), is working to raise health and hygiene standards in community schools through improving access to safe water and sanitation facilities.

It’s a challenge – many schools have very basic structures, with limited sanitation facilities and few options for safe, clean drinking water.

With the help of the community, who have contributed materials and labour, ROCS has constructed boreholes and toilets in a number of community schools. Local people are then trained to manage and repair the facilities when needed.

Education is also a big part of the project, with student WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) clubs playing a significant role in promoting the importance of hygiene among their school community. They encourage simple yet effective actions like washing hands with soap after using the toilet.

Here is the dynamic and enthusiastic WASH club at Mulumbu community school. The group spoke proudly of their mentoring initiative where each club member is mentoring three other students in cleanliness and hygiene. The hope is that those being mentored will also each mentor five others, and so on, until all students in the school are included.

Student WASH clubs are great peer-to-peer examples of how ROCS is working to improve hygiene information and health practices in community schools in Eastern Zambia.

About our partner

Reformed Open Community Schools (ROCS) is a faith-based organisation operating in Zambia under the Reformed Church in Zambia (RCZ). ROCS’ work focuses on education, integrated school and community water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and advocacy.

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