School Bathroom Project
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Info about the School Bathroom Project
The parents of the school have expressed the need to provide better bathrooms for their children in the school for a long time. Finally, the School Bathroom Project was officially begun by one of the parent committees in the school (Asociación de Cooperación Escolar) in August 2008. Once the project is finished, the students will be able to enjoy modern bathrooms with more privacy and security.
The current bathroom for 220 students consists of 5 latrines for each gender, in a building that does not have walls between latrines or doors to the building. Because of the lack of privacy and the unsanitary condition of the latrines, students and faculty refuse to use the latrines, preferring instead to use two available private modern bathrooms. Unfortunately, these two modern bathrooms are not sufficient in number to accommodate all of the people at the school. They do not have sufficient capacity and frequently overflow.
The members of ACE have succeeded getting fund from their municipality to purchase construction materials. Their objective is to provide students modern bathrooms with communal sinks and shower facilities. Moreover, there will be security lights around the building so students in the evening classes or during festivals can feel more secure using the bathrooms. As of April 2009, some of the materials for the construction have been bought and have acquired community people who will be in charge of plumbing part of the remodeling, who are from local plumbing class.
The ACE is trying various ways to get more funds, such as petitioning their governor to support the project further and doing fundraising activities such as raffles or selling food, but the process is slow. $2,924.95 from the Partnership program will jump start this project, providing the boost necessary to complete this project before the beginning of the next school year.