With funding from Simavi, Hygiene Village Project is constructing girls latrines with menstrual hygiene component in three schools namely Mkanda, Noro and Kambenje. All these school are in T/A Mkanda in Mulanje District. The target schools are critically in need of latrines as the schools have very few latrines for boys and girls. On average the pupil-latrine ratio is 154:1. While pupil-water point ratio is 1039:1. (Mulanje District Education plan -DEP 2012/13). The current sanitation options in Chambe schools is limited to traditional pit latrines and very few ventilated improved pit latrines (VIPs) constructed with the support of external agencies. Traditional pit latrines have a number of weaknesses that undermine their usefulness and limit their capacity to prevent the spread of harmful pathogens In the target schools the latrines available were constructed by the community themselves without technical expertise. The roofs leak when raining. The girl�s latrines have no menstrual hygiene management component. Latrines usually have no doors, floor constructed with mud, unstable walls, the floors are poorly designed and usually made of traditional materials that are hard to clean and capable of harbouring harmful pathogens. and the latrines therefore are constructed with substandard materials resulting into frequent collapse. The shortage of the latrines at the schools and lack of Menstrual hygiene management component resulting to result in absenteesim, low enrolnment (turn out) of learners more especially girls and going to school late as as leaners help themselves first at their homes before going to school.
Some of the activities that shall be conducted in the schools shall include, rehabilitation of water points.Training of sanitation teachers and mother groups in menstrual hygiene management and facilitation of School Led Total Sanitation.
The project titled Give wings to Mulanje Girls Project is being implemented jointly with Girls Empowerment Network (GENET)