School WASH Temeke


The intervention in All 24 schools  involving construction of new WASH facilities and rehabilitation of existing ones focusing mainly on capacity development for management and sustaining services and behavior change to teachers, school committees, LGA leaders and pupils.

Project implementation approach

SAWA implemented school WASH project in collaboration with Temeke Municipal Council  team. SAWA uses capacities developed by UNICEF like using the trained artisans and municipal mobilization team WAHECO (Multi-sectorial team from Water, Health, Education and Community Development) for the capacity building activities at school and community levels.  School committees were facilitated to be able to monitor the implementation and be able to comment for improvement. Also, SAWA shared lessons with Temeke WASH partners and other likeminded organizations on the low cost technologies agenda as part of looking at possibility of reducing costs of sanitation facilities in schools.

SWASH situation before intervention

The status of existing facilities was  bad, some had broken pans, urinals were not functioning, wall cracks, broken doors and roof, no privacy walls and they needed rehabilitation,  some of toilets blocks required full  replacement by  new blocks  because it was impossible   to  rehabilitate existing facilities as  they  were  small in size   and the pits  were broken. Majority of the  boys’ blocks had no urinals and  those  with  were  in bad condition either blocked so they were not functioning there was no special room for MHM in all 24 schools as well no hand washing, also only two school had toilets for children with disability  around the school. additionally, some of schools   had no water supply, other schools had reliable water supply, although some of them did not fulfill the demand, therefore, rehabilitation, installation of pump and addition of storage facilities where done.


  • Improved access to Sanitation in all 24schools through Rehabilitation existing toilet blocks with a total of :      232DHs  for Pupils; 113for boys and 119 for girls

30DHs for Teachers Both female and male    

8DHs for Pupils with mental Disabilities and 1DH fixed with supports 


and construction of new toilets block with consideration of stances for pupils with disabilities and  adolescent girls;   a total of  318DHs for pupils; 137for Boys and  181Girls, 23DHs for Pupils with physical

                                           42DHs Teachers (both female and male)

Toilet for pupils with disabilities – fixed with support




  • Access to Hand washing facilities: None of the school had hand washing facilities. SAWA has managed to construct total of 46 units with 138 outlets in pupil’s blocks and installed 31 ceramic hand washing facilities for single user for teachers and pupils with disabilities inside the toilets
Hand washing facility
Saku primary Head teacher- testing hand washing facility in girls toilet block



  • Mural drawings with hygiene messages: In all schools Murals were drawn on toilets walls. An average of 10 drawings (with five steps of hand washing, soap, water drop, indication of pupils with disability, and waste bins) were printed in each school. members of  CTC clubs (SWASH Clubs) with talents and interest were engaged  to develop their own ideas and messages relating to SWASH behaviours especially with reflection of practices in their surrounding communities. Key messages were pasted on the walls by artist  to encourage behaviour change with emphasis on handwashing with soap at critical times. Also the language used was simple to attract children to read and practice ( making it FUN).
  • Improved hygiene behaviors among pupils in all schools through strengthening capacities to teachers in delivering effective hygiene educationA number of trainings were conducted to pupils, health and environment teachers

O&M plans for SWASH developed and functional through strengthening of school management Committees.