The school is located in a rural area, it is estimated to be 24 km from the Arusha district office. The school registered with the Government with no: EM.4581, the school was registered on 01/07/1975 with the address of P.O Box 276.
Marurani Primary school is located in a rural community, as other many Government schools, Marurani was facing a number of challenges in supporting children in education. The school did not have enough classrooms, toilets, and water.
There was one tap that supplies water at school with water availability two times a week for only two hours a day. They also have a 3000L tank that is used to preserve water from the tap. The school has a total of 406 pupils with not even a single toilet at the time visited.
Previously, the school had a total of 4 cubes for boys and girls but as it has been raining so much, then even the existing toilets are distracted which makes young girls and boys at Marurani primary lack toilets.
Ndoto In Action visited the school three times before the implementation of any project in 2019: The school environment and teachers showed high demand for support that MWH and NIA have been providing to the other schools. In 2020, we started to organize community meetings to identify the needs and priorities of the school, and also to check if the community members really need our support.
We met with a group of community members, teachers, and the school development committee to identify the causes of the problems in the school. This activity involved a discussion of challenges the school faces but also, the priorities that the school has towards moving forward with the project implementations.
School water sanitation and hygiene (SWASH) project
Children in our partner schools often were not washing their hands because there was no water or soap available. This leads to the spread of germs and illness, leading to absence from school and ill health. This affected grades and was a reason that students couldn’t progress to secondary school. Under normal circumstances, illnesses like diarrhea and typhoid were a big problem.
The project aimed to improve school water sanitation and hygiene (SWASH) by promoting handwashing practices at Marurani schools by 2020. The project Increased awareness, a change in behavior, and an emphasis on education around water, sanitation, and hygiene by constructing a handwashing station with 14 taps and providing education through our in-country volunteers.