Conclusion of Mbale Handwashing Station Project – Kenya
The project was to install 2 handwashing stations at each of 6 schools.
The Mbale Handwashing project has been completed. Initially I was targeting six schools to receive the handwashing stations but after bargaining I was able to purchase handwashing supplies for two hospitals in the area as well.
To construct the handwashing stations I had to work with two local fundis (craftspersons) to come up with a design that would last for many years.
Buying a 1 month supply of soap for 6 schools and two hospitals was more challenging since I had to go to 5 different shops just to gather enough soap.
By far the most challenging aspect of the project was getting a fundi to make 14 stools within 1 month. All of the carpenters seemingly were booked for the entire month but luckily I found 2 who agreed to make 7 stools each within two weeks. It wasn't quite two weeks, more like 4, but they were still able to finish the stools.
As for implementing the project to the schools and hospitals, all of the administrators were thankful that we were able to supply them with the handwashing stations. The children were grateful as well since they no longer had to share 1 handwashing station for 135 students, or simply not wash their hands at all.
Our presentation to the schools before we supplied the materials was simple and effective. We demonstrated proper handwashing techniques and explained how important handwashing is and why it is effective.
This project will be successful long after I leave here because it's inexpensive, easy to maintain, and helpful to the community.
We again wish to thank The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust for providing the funding for this project.