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SOWED Kenya Successfully Advocates for the Construction of Toilets at Nkaimurunya Primary School

Nkaimurunya Primary School will get a new block of toilets, after SOWED Kenya lobbied the Kajiado North CDF to appropriate money towards the same.

In September, SOWED Kenya held several meetings with the Administration and Board of Management of Nkaimurunya Primary School, Nkaimurunya Ward Office, the Kajiado North Constituency National Government Constituencies Development Fund (NG-CDF) Manager, the Kajiado North Constituency Member of Parliament (MP) and the Kajiado County Commissioner to advocate for the construction of toilets at Nkaimurunya Primary School.

The institution was at the verge of being shut down by the Public Health Office in Nkaimurunya Ward, after sanitation two inspections (July 5, 2018 and on September 26, 2018) revealed that the school had inadequate toilet facilities with a high toilet to pupil ratio of 1:145 for boys and 1:144 for girls, toilets were dilapidated, dirty, filed up and lacked essential features such as proper drainage facilities, vent pipes and hand washing facilities.

SOWED Kenya was approached in August 2018 by the Department Public Health (DPH) in Ongata Rongai Division to intervene and improve the conditions of the toilets at the school, following the success of the Toilet for Schools Campaign at Ongata Rongai Primary School. However, the slow rate of fundraising vis a vis the dire need at urgency of the situation at the school, coupled with the realization that the institution had received a CDF cheque of KES 1.2 million on September 26, 2018 for the refurbishment of classes prompted SOWED Kenya to highlight the plight of pupils attending the school.

The advocacy was successful as in October 2018, both Nkaimurunya Primary School and SOWED Kenya received confirmation from Hon. Philip Manje, the Kajiado North Constituency MP, that the KES 1.2 million which was initially meant for the refurbishment of classes, will be redirected for the construction of a new block of toilets at the school.