European Union External Action

Child friendly gender sensitive ecological and sustainable school sanitation systems in urban and peri-urban areas in Lesotho

11/02/2019 - 14:43
Public Health and Social Protection

The objective of the project is to increase safe access to sustainably-improved ecological sanitation systems and to sustain gender sensitive hygiene behaviour in schools in peri-urban and urban Lesotho.


Project overview                                       

The overall objective of the project is to increase access to sustainably improved ecological sanitation systems to school children in peri-urban and urban areas of Lesotho. The project provides basic sanitation infrastructure with a keen focus on the most vulnerable. It also promotes hygiene projects and behaviour change through participatory methods. The project targeted schools that either were not equipped with any sanitation facility; schools with non-functional sanitation facilities or unhygenic latrines and schools linked to orphanages without safe sanitation facilities and that play a central role in community. 


December 2012 - December 2018

Implementing organisation           

Technologies for Economic Development (TED)


 BORDA and German Toilet Organisation (GTO)


Water & Sanitation (Basic drinking water supply and basic sanitation)

Benefitting zone                           



  • Ecological sanitation systems constructed in up to 26 schools.
  • Key hygiene behaviours with special reference to Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) and maintenance of facilities were promoted and implemented in 40 schools, and the hygiene programmes were replicated in related communities. Hand washing devices were installed in 40 schools.
  • The capacities and skills of local actors to install, operate and maintain culturally and ecologically sound sanitation systems were strengthened.
  • Community Water and Sanitation Committees took ownership of the project.

Facts and figures                            

6000 girls and 6000 boys in up to 26 schools have been reached.


Total Cost                         

EUR 1,000,000

EU contracted amount                   

            EUR 750,000

Funding Instrument                                       

European Development Fund (EDF 10 through the 2011 / 023-442 - Water Facility Sanitation projects (CfP) and Pooling Mechanism)

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