By Japhet Mpama (Correspondent).
Cases of ailments resulting from unhygienic conditions at Katoto Primary school in Mzuzu are likely going to be minimized courtesy of two modern pit latrines Luke International (a charitable organization) has handed over to the institution last week.
Over the years, Katoto Primary school has been facing a shortage of pit latrines as the institution has one of the highest number of pupils in the city.
Donating the facilities, which according to Diana Mwase, Luke International’s Projects Officer, has cost them four million Malawi Kwacha, Luke International is hopeful sanitation problems will be greatly minimized at the school.
According to her, her organization was obliged to assist so as to make Katoto Primary school a conducive environment for learning.
“Our organization was saddened by the condition of the pit latrines at the school. We had observed that the old pit latrines were in bad shape and unusable, hence our intervention to help ease the challenges learners have been encountering due to shortage of toilets at the school,” she said.
Mwase further revealed that currently her organization is working hand in hand with various primary schools to address sanitation challenges across primary schools in the country.
“We want to ensure that many primary schools have enough toilets so that learners can avoid diseases that comes due to lack of proper sanitation.” Said Mwase.
On behalf of the recipients, Katoto Primary school’s head teacher, Annie Simwaka was all smiles and patted the back of Luke International for the timely donation.
“We need not to emphasize the importance of this donation. It’s greatly going to improve hygiene at our institution,” she said.
Apart from provision of pit latrines, Luke International is also promoting conducive learning environments through bursary schemes, and provision of sanitary pads, among others.
So far, close to 10 primary schools in the northern region have benefited from the project, a feat, Mwase says has improved school attendance, and reduced school dropout.