Following the installation of water tank to improve water supply in Anuli Community School in Ezinifite Community of Aguata Local Government of Anambra state, eastern Nigeria, the pupils say that their dignity has been restored.
Some of the female students who spoke to Voice of Nigeria, said that before now, whenever they were mensturating, they do not go school.
According to Miss Ifenyinwa Prosper, “since this water was brought to my school, it has helped me in many ways. I use it to wash my hand after changing my sanitary pad. I also use it to wash the toilet so that nobody will know that I am menstruating”.
She also appreciated UNICEF and EU for providing the school with potable water and toilet facilities.
On her part, the Head Mistress of the school, Mrs. Onyebuchi Franscisca, said the facilities have increased enrollment by girls in the school.
She also said that dangers have been averted as the students do not have to go into the bushes anymore to ease themselves.
The Head Mistress also said that previously, the students practiced “Cat Method” whereby they dig the ground, defecate and cover it.
Mrs. Onyebuchi noted that the students who used to bring water from home to school before, now take water from school to their houses.
She pointed out that the school has become a model for cleanliness in the community.
“With the setting up of our Environmental Health Club to enforce hygiene in the school, we have greatly imbibed the culture of health consciousness in the students”, she said.
The water facility was provided by UNICEF and funded by EU, with contribution from the Anambra state government under the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme II.