The water and sanitation sector in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) suffered a great setback during the country’s long political crisis through the 1990s and 2000s. Since then, the sector has started to recover, even though very slowly. Basic water supply and sanitation needs are still immense. Despite the abundance of water resources across the country, an estimated 50 million Congolese, which is 75 percent of the population do not have access to safe water, and approximately 80-90 percent do not have access to improved sanitation. Data available at this stage is not gender disaggregated so it is not known if access varies between men and women. Access to safe excreta disposal is even alarmingly poorer. This is, also reflected at schools: many educational institutions do not have drinking water or any adequate sanitary installations. The proposed project is “Increasing sustainable access to Safe Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for three marginalized Schools within the Commune of Ngiri-Ngiri areas in Kinshasa (DR Congo)”: EP I, EP II Ngiri-Ngiri. It is an initiative developed by the building capacity on water hygiene and sanitation in DRC (PRCERSE) to improve schools’ access to basic water and sanitation services as well as hygiene behaviour, in collaboration with Schools’ teachers, other school staff, students and local NGOs. The project targeted 2 public primary schools (EP I and EP II Ngiri-Ngiri) (approximately 1750 students each) and will be executed by the NGO «Congo Biodiversité et Développement Durable, CBDD », between January 2018 and Junuary 2019. Since 2014, PRCERSE, University of Geneva (Forel department) and Swiss Embassy in Kinshasa have been working in partnership to help reduce or eradicate the water and sanitation crisis at 2 primary schools of 400 pupils each, in the Commune of Bumbu in Kinshasa. Thanks to the generosity of Swiss Embassy, 20 latrines were built in the two Primary Schools during the first phase of the project (through December 2014). As a result, more than 1000 people including pupils, teachers and other school staff gained access to safe water and adequate sanitation. In addition, 1000 more people in the community received hygiene education. But despite these efforts, the safe water supply and basic sanitation in many schools remains very poor. Several of these schools in suburban areas of the Commune of Ngiri-Ngiri do not have access to safe water or adequate sanitation facilities like latrines and hand washing facilities. In addition to the obvious serious health consequences, the lack of safe water poses particularly difficult challenges for women and girls in schools. This year on World Toilet Day (19 November 2017), the World Toilet Organization will commemorate this day with the CDBB, PRCERSE and Forel department University of Geneva. The CDBB and PRCERSE with the collaboration of University of Geneva are organizing actions to end the water and sanitation crisis in schools in DR Congo. They aim to raise awareness for the water and sanitation challenge and engage pupils with sanitation issues in their local schools. Long-term objective is that before 2030, a minimum of 1 million of children should have access to appropriate toilet and safe water in their schools in Sub-Saharan African countries.
Date(s) - 16/11/2017 - 19/11/2017
EP I & II NGIRI-NGIRI
Commune de Ngiri-Ngiri
Democratic Republic of the Congo