Install septic tank and repair existing flush toilets, install hand washing station (8 taps) and install improved stove.
The school “Escuela Oficial Rural Mixta Xechebexh” is located in CHAJUL, the cabezera municipal (municipal capital) of the Municipality of Chajul. Chajul belongs to the so-called Ixil-Triangle in the Department of El Quiché in Guatemala. Set amid a mountainous landscape, the climate is cold, humid and rainy.
The school has two three-cabin flush toilets. The contaminated water is disposed directly into a river.
School snacks are usually cooked on open fires, using large amounts of wood and exposing the cook to a dangerous amount of smoke.
The city has a gravity-flow water system providing water to every household. The school has a hand-washing station, which is out of use.
LocationChajul, municipality of Nebaj, El Quiche Department, Guatemala
Primary Focus: Sanitation - Schools
Secondary Focus: Hygiene Education
People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 0
School Children Getting Water: 0
People Getting Sanitation: 618
The project will be executed on the premises of one of the local schools in which 18 teachers educate 600 children, thereof half during the morning, the other half during the afternoon.
People Getting Other Benefits: 9,000
The city of Chajul has approximately 9,000 inhabitants.
We build working relationships with the communities while providing access to water for all members within the community. Our goal is good health for the communities in which we work, therefore health and hygiene promotions are an integral part of each project. To further improve the health and hygiene for children APS carries out specific projects providing appropriate sanitation (hand-washing stations and latrines or flush toilets with septic tanks) to schools in the communities.
Application Type: Project Funding
Start Date: 2009-06-01
Completion Date: 2009-09-30
A septic tank will be built for waste from the flush toilets. Additionally the existing toilets will be maintained and metal doors installed.
The hand-washing station that will be built is designed by Agua Para La Salud and has been optimized throughout the years, reducing maintenance necessity to a minimum and facilitating the cleaning of tank and grey water conducting system.
The hand-washing station provides eight taps and a 500 liters water tank to ensure the school children’s access to water.
The improved stove has been designed by a Peace Corps volunteer and APS masons according to the need in schools.
It heats large amounts of “atol” or “mosh” (local versions of porridge) using small amounts of wood. The chimney connected improves the air flow and therefore optimizes the wood consumption and leads the smoke outside.
Especially because the stove is very low, it is a well accepted alternative to the open fires the snacks are often cooked on.
Yes, in approximately six weeks.
Unskilled laborers of the community, most probably parents of the school children, will help the masons working for Agua Para La Salud with construction.
Government provides basic funding for school maintenance along with yearly contribution from parents.
Maintenance Cost: $10
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