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New sanitary facilities for about 4,000 students

27. April 2017 -
Our WASH project in Lebanon is progressing rapidly. Up to now, we already improved the water and sanitary facilities in eleven public schools. This benefits local children as well as refugee children from Syria. Overall, 4,500 students use the new systems, and Alaa Alsaj is one of them.

The 13-year-old girl is from Syria. Four years ago, she fled from the war in Homs where the bombing of their house injured both of her parents. Together they fled to Lebanon, looking for a shelter in the district of Akkar.
Many thousand Syrian families live there close to the border. They struggle with challenges of many kinds because their host country is close to its limits regarding many aspects of daily life. In terms of infrastructure, the area is not very well positioned anyway, so now one of the most pressing issues is the supply of water: the supply systems are outworn and in need of repair. This also applies to schools in the area.
Back in Syria, Alaa attended the Tarek bin Ziyyad school. She still raves about its positive learning environment. She would like to have similar conditions for all children in Lebanon.
Before arche noVa fixed the dilapidated sanitary facilities of her new school – the Chekka Public School – Alaa forced herself to wait until the end of the school day to use the bathroom at home. Her school’s toilets were in a state of disrepair and lacked a connection to the water system. Only one cleaner cleaned them once a day using a simple bucket. During the planning of the project our team determined the bad hygiene conditions at schools and found that they are a serious danger to the student’s health.
Now, the situation has completely changed: arche noVa built new toilets separate for boys and girls, installed sinks and a rainwater drainage system as well as new doors and windows. Alaa and her school friends can now go to the toilet, wash their hands and use the new water dispenser without thinking twice about it. Alaa is happy about our support: finally she is comfortable at her new school.

Bevor arche noVa die maroden Sanitäranlagen an ihrer neuen Schule, der Chekka Public School, reparierte, zwang sich Alaa bis zum Ende des Schultages zu warten, um nach Hause gehen zu können und dort ihre Bedürfnisse zu verrichten. Die Toiletten der Schule waren in einem baufälligen Zustand und hatten keinen Wasseranschluss. Lediglich einmal am Ende des Tages wurden die Toiletten durch eine Reinigungskraft mit Hilfe eines Eimers gesäubert. Bei der Projektplanung hatte unser lokales Team die schlechten hygienischen Bedingungen an der Schule ermittelt und als eine ernstzunehmende Gefahr für die Gesundheit der Schülerinnen und Schüler ausgemacht.
Jetzt sieht es vor Ort ganz anders aus: arche noVa errichtete neue, nach Geschlechtern getrennte, Toiletten, installierte Waschbecken und ein Regenwasserentwässerungssystem sowie neue Türen und Fenster. Bedenkenlos können Alaa und ihre Schulkameradinnen und –kameraden   zur  Toiletten gehen, die Hände waschen und auch noch den neuen Trinkwasserspender nutzen. Alaa freut sich, da sie sich dank unserer Unterstützung immer wohler in ihrer neuen Schule fühlt.