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Safe and Accessible Toilets in Burundian Schools

Many thanks for your support, which meant we were able to complete the project successfully.
Children in Burundian schools need new and better toilets to be able to attend school and to be protected from diseases and sexual violence. Help to build the sanitary facilities and improve their educational prospects through a donation.


Gisuru commune is a very rural commune in Ruyigi province on the Burundian border with Tanzania. School enrolment rates are lower in Ruyigi than nationally, reflecting the lower availability of schools and the lower levels of resources to meet education costs. Gender-related barriers to access and poor systems to support quality education have disproportionately affected girls. Among other issues, the lack of gender-sensitive and accessible latrines and the fear of school due to sexual and gender-based violence heavily limits girls’ participation in school.
Most school toilets in Gisuru pose protection concerns for children due to the lack of locks, lights, privacy, and safety standards. Children and teachers particularly complain about the bad smell, lack of cleanliness, and lack of soap and hand-washing facilities. While all children need a sanitary and hygienic learning environment, the lack of adequate sanitation and hygiene facilities in schools has a greater negative impact on girls than on boys. Schools do not provide appropriate menstrual hygiene arrangements and toilets are often not separated by gender. The lack of gender-sensitive latrines result in the absence of girls at school during their menstrual cycle and exposes them to sexual and gender-based violence in school. Evidence shows that quality Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in schools leads to increased cognitive function and attention, reduces school absence related to communicable diseases and inadequate menstrual hygiene, and increases dignity and safety of girls.
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Adequate WASH in schools is critical to ensure that schools are healthy places where all children can attend with dignity. In 2020, Right To Play launched a new education program called “My Education, My Future” in 30 schools in Gisuru Commune. So far, the program has worked to build the capacity of teachers on the use of play to improve learning outcomes, and raise community awareness on child protection and on gender equality to contribute to a safer social environment for children. Although these activities are all essential to a conducive learning environment, inadequate toilet facilities continue preventing children, especially girls, from going to school.
Together we can change this! With your support, we intend to build new latrines and make existing ones safe, sanitary, gender-sensitive, disability-friendly, and accessible for boys and girls in Gisuru.
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The targeted funds will allow Right To Play to build a block of 7 drainable latrines in one school: 3 for girls, 3 for boys, 1 for children living with disabilities. A 5,000-liter tank for rainwater harvesting will be provided to ensure proper sanitation and sustainable use.
In order to ensure privacy, there will be a wall separating girls’ and boys’ latrines, with separate entries. The boys’ side will have urinals to maximize the number of users at the same time. Three changing rooms for girls will further be constructed and integrated into the girls’ blocks of latrines to provide a safe place to change especially during menstruation periods.
We are very thankful for your support to make this happen!
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Right To Play is a global organization that protects, educates and empowers children to rise above adversity. We work with children in some of the most difficult places on earth, supporting them to stay in school, to resist exploitation, to prevent disease and to heal from war and abuse.
Right To Play has been working in Burundi since 2008, supporting around 95,000 children and youth. As pioneers in a unique approach to learning, both inside and outside of the classroom, we harness play, one of the most fundamental forces in a child’s life, to help children dismantle barriers and embrace opportunities.
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We have done it! Thanks to your help, the construction of the sanitary facilities can begin!

Making a school in Gisuru, Burundi, a safe and healthy place to learn was the overall goal of our project. Thanks to your great support, we can now make our project a reality.

On behalf of Right To Play, we would like to thank you for your commitment and generous donations. Thanks to your help, the construction of a sanitary block with 7 drainable latrines and changing rooms at a school in Gisuru, Burundi, is guaranteed.

A safe environment and an intact infrastructure, including sanitary facilities, are the absolute basic requirements to enable children to attend school. And although all children need sanitary facilities, the consequences of a lack of hygiene measures at schools are much more serious for girls than for boys. For fear of sexual assault and gender-based violence, girls often stay away from school, especially during their menstrual cycle. But we can and will get active! Your solidarity enables us to equip a school in Gisuru with a functioning sanitary facility and make it a safe and healthy place to learn that all children can attend in dignity.

We say thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Your team from Right To Play Switzerland 

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Meili Unternehmungen AG 5'000 CHF
Christian Ritschard 100 CHF
Monia Gilomen 100 CHF
Beat Bieler 100 CHF
Anonymous 100 CHF
Vermittelt durch Swisscom 175 CHF
Stiftung there-for-you 2'000 CHF
Goldbach 5'000 CHF
Martin Laubacher 50 CHF
Bertrand Weill 400 CHF
Anonymous 10 CHF
Aufgrund der Sammelinitiative von Nora Angehrn 200 CHF
Anonymous 330 CHF
Josephine Zoller 150 CHF
Claude Monnier 300 CHF
Anonymous 10 CHF
Guyer Wärme und Wasser AG 3'840 CHF
Charles Kawashima 35 CHF
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