A programme targeting rural schools in Zimbabwe has benefited Kwaedza Primary School in Gokwe North district.
The school received its first flush system toilets and piped water in the programme that has been rolled out for schools in Gokwe North and South.
The programme, dubbed Improved Access to Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Disadvantaged Communities, is being rolled out by Caritas Gokwe in partnership with the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (Cafod) with support from UKAID and various sections of the private and public sectors.
Speaking at the handover of the toilet block and water tanks for the piped water project on Thursday, Caritas Zimbabwe Diocese of Gokwe programme officer, Siza Ncube said:
The flush toilet system was a pilot project in rural schools; the purpose was to demystify the conception that rural children have to use blair toilets.
The work was done at the behest of the school. They provided bricks, gravel and pits and. Caritas was to provide all the building material that needed to be bought and pay the builders.
The piped water scheme was meant for the community who were drinking water from an open well. The well would last for the whole year serving 17 villages with 40 households.