Before The Mvula Trust embarked on a water and sanitation project at the Ntithane Primary School, 394 learners and 12 teachers had to use the dilapidated amenities at their disposal.
Due to the unsafe condition of these facilities, school authorities resolved to demolish them with a view to protect children from falling into the pits.
Two boreholes that were meant to supply water to the school have dried up few years ago. As a result, Ntithane Primary School relied on the local municipality for water supply. In addition, and as a precautionary measure, the school depended on two tanks it used to store rainwater.
From this scenario, you could tell how the spring water project- facilitated and spearheaded by The Mvula Trust – came as a relief for learners and teachers at the school.
This project is part of the government intervention called Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Development Initiative (ASIDI) – which is aimed at eradicating the backlog of water and sanitation in all schools across the country.
Ntithane Primary School is located in the Mkondo Local Municipality in the Mpumalanga Province and it had only two blocks of pit toilets prior to this project. The first structure was built of bricks and had 4 normal pits, second set of toilets were constructed with a zinc material and it had 5 normal pits.
The Turning Point for Ntithane Primary School
The following work was done to address the backlog of water and sanitation at the school:
Two ventilation improved pit (VIP) toilet blocks were constructed. The male block consists of three pits and urinary basins respectively.
Female toilet block with four pits and an additional pit for the physically challenged pupils and staff was built.
Four existing normal pit toilet block was renovated.
New ablution blocks were connected to the nearest classroom block with a 1.5 metres wide concrete ramp to accommodate physically challenged learners and personnel at the school.
To ensure the sustainable supply of water to the school, the fountain was developed based on the recommendations of the Geophysical surveys.
The fountain was developed from the spring water that has been flowing for the past 60 years in the farm where the school is located.
20 kilolitres of elevated chlorinated water storage tanks were installed.
Four fountains of drinking water and one tap for washing hands was installed within the school perimeter.
7 new five kilolitres tanks that will be used for rainwater harvesting were also installed.
As part of the fountain development process, a spring box was built to ensure the fountain eye does not get disturbed. The spring box is a structure that filters and collects water that flows from the fountain eye.
Indeed, the backlog of water and sanitation at the Ntithane Primary School is now a thing of the past.