In mid-2008 the teachers of Mackenzie Community School informed us about the urgent need for new restrooms. With the rapidly approaching rainy season, fear of the current single latrine overflowing became a real danger. Should this happen, the school would have to be closed due to the risk of a cholera outbreak.
Thanks to timely and very generous donations a new latrine was completed by the end of November 2008. This ensured a continued operation of the school's classes even during rainy season.
Up to this point, only a single latrine with two stalls was available – one for girls and one for boys. The new latrine was constructed in a similar fashion, however, better building materials were used.
The new latrine will now be in operation for the next couple of years. This also allows the human excrements in the old latrine to settle and disappear into the ground, allowing it to be re-opened for continued use within a period of one to two years.
All of us, but especially the students, teachers and the Mackenzie Community, want to say thank you to all of you who contributed to this project. It not only ensures continued operation of the school, but also increases quality of life and health conditions.