The villagers of Kosoru in the highlands of Ethiopia had to climb steep paths to collect water from mountain springs. This changed following the completion of a water supply scheme constructed by Tearfund and their local partner the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church (EKHC) and in part financed by Borouge under the “Water for the World” initiative.
During the execution of this project, a request was received from the village elders and the Headmaster to improve the toilet facilities for the local school. The existing facilities for the school’s 903 pupils and 16 members of staff were far from satisfactory, comprising of a simple corrugated iron shed built over a large pit and split into 8 compartments. There was no separation for the boys and girls and no hand washing facilities were provided.
Therefore the same partners built a cement block pit latrine consisting of 8 rooms with privacy for boys, girls and disabled people. Water is provided from a 1,000 litre water storage tank which was installed on a metal stand close to the facility. This tank was connected to the original gravity fed network through a 325m long pipeline produced from High Stress Crack Resistant (HSCR) BorSafe™ HE3490-LS-H PE100 compound.
Ethiopia in East Africa is one of the poorest countries in the world with nearly 40% of the population living below the international poverty line. Following on from an earlier water supply project, UK based NGO, Tearfund and their local partner the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church (EKHC) recently undertook a project to provide improved sanitation facilities for the pupils and staff at the Kosoru Elementary School. This project was funded under the Borouge and Borealis “Water for the World” programme.