Access to adequate toilets is essential to enable children to go to school. Bad hygiene and sanitation majorly contributes towards the prevalence of water-borne sickness and diarrheal disease. In sickness, children cannot attend school and even risk death. Around the world, nearly 1,000 children die every day from diarrheal disease.
We want to give children and families opportunities to create their own futures. Kpogede Community School has been operating with 300 children and only two toilets. This is clearly very unhygienic and has resulted in high levels of open defection.
We are building further toilets, implementing a hygiene awareness programme and constructing a changing area for girls. With improved facilities, we will see reduced sickness and greater results in education. We believe that children are agents of change; so we educate them about good hygiene practices, we also educate their families. Through this, we can release the burden of sickness on families in Kpogede, Ghana.