Thanks to you, we've been able to construct two separate blocks of latrines for girls, 12 hand washing facilities with two shower rooms, and two guard posts in two schools.
This represents the number of girls in both schools where the latrines were built.
Estimated girls & women affected
This represents the number of girls who are indirectly affected through other project activities such as tutorial support in math and English, trainings, and access to sanitary materials.
Estimated community members affected
One year ago, you chose to support a girl-friendly school environment.Thanks to you, we've been able to construct two separate blocks of latrines for girls, 12 hand washing facilities with two shower rooms, and two guard posts in two schools - Hibret Chibo and Gelan Gura primary schools. We worked with project staff, girl ambassadors, and Parent/Student/Teacher association members who were regularly monitoring the progress and quality of the construction activities. Moreover, 580 meters and 100 meters water pipelines were installed in Kilinto and Hibret Chibo primary schools respectively so that school children have access to clean water.
This project is more than just latrines for girls. It's part of a larger project designed to provide girls in Yeka and Akaki Kality with holistic support for a quality education. Over the past two years, it has accomplished the following:
- 800 girls were provided with school uniforms
- 1,920 girls received tutorial support in Math and English
- 750 girls received training in public speaking, traffic rules, health and violence prevention
- 3,545 girls have access to sanitary materials
- Water tanks were installed in five schools, and water faucets installed in four schools
- 200 parents received “urban agriculture” training and tools to grow vegetables in slum areas
- 240 parents of school-aged girls joined savings groups to support their daughters' education independently
- 646 community members were trained on gender and safety systems in school.
Edagegn, a 16 year-old girl from Yeka, believes the best part of the program is the access to sanitary materials and school latrines. "It allowed us to explain what a period is to other girls. See, many girls come from rural areas and have no idea what it is. Sometimes they are afraid and think it is something bad and that their parents will beat them and think they’ve been doing something wrong. It’s really important to talk about this. We shouldn’t let little things keep us down," Edagegn says.
Risks and challenges
Although there were deadlines for construction activities and trainings because of the school year, the project accelerated progress by recruiting local volunteers who were committed to the project to assist the project staff and lessen their workload.
What we’ve learned
In addition to the latrine construction, the project undertook a variety of other activities related to improving access to and quality of primary education for girls. One such activity involved supporting parents of girls to save money, plan for the future, and open small businesses to be able to support their daughters' education in the future. However, one major issue in Addis Ababa is space to start a business in the crowded metropolis. In response to this issue, project staff identified a local business owner to train up to 98 parents to create local handicrafts for sale and export.
In addition to the "Better Latrines for Better Attendance" part of the project, trainings on girls' education will be held for teachers and local leaders. Girls' parents will continue to be supported through the savings groups so that they will be able to send their daughters to school on their own. Doing so will give all children in the community—girls and boys—the knowledge and the tools they need to be contributing members of their community.
The Better Latrines for Better Attendance project was funded on August 29, 2013 and by June 2014, the amount of $29,714.04 was fully spent. An additional amount of $6,793.22 was spent to complete the construction of the two blocks of latrines and the two guard posts. The total amount spent to complete the project was $36,507.26.
Amount spent so far
Materials and cost of construction of toilets and hand washing facilities
"Sanitary Pad Program in Ethiopia Breaks Barriers, Helps Girls Reach Full Potential" is a blog featured on the Plan International USA website - for 16-year-old Edagegn of Ethiopia, a sanitary pad service supported by Plan International USA’s Because I am a Girl program has made a huge difference in her life.
Better Latrines for Better Attendance
The "Better latrines for better attendance" project is more than just latrines for girls. This project is designed to provide girls in Yeka and Akaki Kality, villages just outside Addis Ababa, with holistic support for a quality education. Since the project funded, with your support, the following progress has been made:
- 400 girls have been provided with school uniforms;
- 1,920 girls have received tutorial support in math and English;
- 480 girls have received reproductive health training and sanitary materials;
- 320 girls have been trained on preventing violence
- Water tanks have been installed in 5 schools;
- Water faucets have been installed in 2 schools;
- 4 counseling centers have been provided with materials for operations;
- 174 parents of school-aged girls have joined savings groups and take business trainings so that they can support their daughters' education independently.
Risks and challenges
Since there are deadlines for construction activities and trainings because of the school year, the project is attempting to accomplish quite a bit in a short amount of time. This can place a strain on the project staff at times. Thus, we've been recruiting local volunteers who are committed to the project to assist the project staff and lessen their workload.
Aleroe Towolde Gibermariam is a happy 15 year-old-girl who lives with her mother and little sister in Kilinto village around Addis Abeba. Her father left home when she was a young girl, and her mother supports her and her sister. "Water is very limited for us here," Aleroe says. "Girls like me have to go early in the morning to fetch water from the water pump, or from the river if the pump is dry. Though there is a water pump in our school, it is not enough for all the students. Because of this, there would be a lot of competition among students to access the water. This project has solved the problem by installing a water tank for our school that can hold 5000 liters; it will be completely ready to use by the coming Ethiopian New Year."
Now that the "Better latrines for better attendance" part of the project has been funded, we're looking forward to constructing the latrines and hand-washing stations in the upcoming year. Girls will continue to be supported with regular trainings, tutoring sessions, and materials as needed. Trainings on girls' education will be held for teachers and local leaders. Finally, girls' parents will continue to be supported through the savings groups so that they will become able to send their daughters to school on their own.
The broader project has been ongoing for a year, and existing funds have been used to support the activities listed above, including trainings and materials for girls and additional water tanks and faucets for schools. Now, thanks to your generous donations that have just come in, we look forward to putting these funds towards the "Better latrines for better attendance" part of the project in the upcoming months.
Help construct two separate blocks of latrines for girls and boys in two schools in Ethiopia to increase the number of children who attend.
Why we care: During brainstorming sessions with primary school girls in Yeka and Akaki, Ethiopia, girls reported that lacking access to separate latrines for girls was a barrier to being in school; often times the latrines that were available didn’t have doors or running water.
How we’re solving this: Constructing two separate blocks of latrines for girls and boys in two schools in Ethiopia.
The idea that an educated girl could lift her community out of poverty is not part of the collective culture in rural Ethiopia. Instead, girls are often forced to drop out of school and devote their time to household chores or marry at a young age to ensure that they will survive.
But an education will give a girl more than survival—it will give her the chance to thrive. She will have the opportunity to create her own livelihood, defend her rights, manage her own finances, and understand health practices to protect herself and her children against HIV and malnutrition.
What’s more, she will have the resources to pull her entire family and community out of poverty. History has proven time and time again that an educated girl can change the world. Plan Ethiopia works to help communities understand this transformative fact by promoting girls’ education at the individual, family, and community levels. The Girls’ Empowerment through Education Project targets over 5,000 girls between the ages of 7 and 14 in sub-cities of Addis Ababa by focusing on four initiatives including:
- Establishing girls’ clubs in schools to create a support system that promotes an understanding of girls’ rights;
- Celebrating annual girls’ day in schools to build community awareness about the importance of a primary education for girls among parents and teachers;
- Improving girls’ academic performance by offering tutorial classes so that girls don’t fall behind and ultimately end up dropping out of school; and
- Creating girl-friendly schools that are safe from violence, with separate bathrooms and adequate drinking water.
Through this project, Plan Ethiopia will construct two separate blocks of latrines for girls and boys in two schools in Ethiopia to increase the number of children who attend school. Doing so will give all children in the community—girls and boys—the knowledge and the tools they need to be contributing members of their community.