Shinyanga, 30 May, 2020 / 1:13 am (ACI Africa).
The U.S.-based development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), Salesian Missions is funding the construction of sanitation facilities at Don Bosco Didia Secondary school in Tanzania’s Shinyanga Diocese through the "Clean Water Initiative.”
The facilities, which comprise bathrooms, toilets, sinks and clean water supply will benefit 1,218 boys and girls who study at the school and who “have faced significant challenges in their learning environment due to not having access to a safe and clean supply of water.”
The school is located in Northern Tanzania, an area with no perennial rivers or streams, with most watercourses flowing for only a few days per year.
During the wet season, the inhabitants of the region have accessed water from the pools of rainwater for their personal use and their livestock. They dig shallow pits in the river beds during the dry season.
“The school lacked sanitation and hand-washing facilities. With the poor water, sanitation and hygiene conditions, and intense levels of person-to-person contact, there was a high-risk environment for the outbreak of diseases for children and staff,” the leadership of Salesian Missions has reported.