Music 4 Toilet

Music for Toilet

Creating awareness and bringing the benefits of WASH and education to children with disabilities across 12 states in Nigeria.

Primary Education is almost free or made free in some parts of Nigeria. This allows for foundational growth for all children, but sadly children with disabilities do not benefit from any form of free education because these facilities are not always accessible. Where near access is provided, they are confined to special school systems that foster their exclusion from other children, their difference from other children without disabilities is magnified every day. IFA conducted a survey and found out that a lot of children with disabilities do not attend integrated schools because facilities are not always accessible. Toilet facilities are particularly not accessible for this category of children. They often fall into pits latrines, contract infections because they use their hands to identify the pits, and fewer girls with disabilities don’t go to school because they find it difficult to clean themselves especially during their menstrual circles.

Primary Education is almost free or made free in some parts of Nigeria. This allows for foundational growth for all children, but sadly children with disabilities do not benefit from any form of free education because these facilities are not always accessible. Where near access is provided, they are confined to special school systems that foster their exclusion from other children, their difference from other children without disabilities is magnified every day. IFA conducted a survey and found out that a lot of children with disabilities do not attend integrated schools because facilities are not always accessible. Toilet facilities are particularly not accessible for this category of children. They often fall into pits latrines, contract infections because they use their hands to identify the pits, and fewer girls with disabilities don’t go to school because they find it difficult to clean themselves especially during their menstrual circles.

“For Kashimwa, a blind teenager recounts, I feel scared every time I get pressed because sometimes my feet slips into the pit latrine. During heavy rain falls, faeces are washed all over the school premises and we get rashes on our feet. The only water source we have in school is hand dug well that is exposed to dirt’s and we have no other choice than to drink it.

Similar experiences from children like Kashimwa has forced many children with disabilities out of school and has discouraged a good number from attending school especially for the girls during their menstrual cycles.

To salvage the situation, Grace Jerry, the executive director of Inclusive Friends Association and her team mobilized resources and provided 20 flush toilets and a solar powered borehole providing for over 8,000 children and adults across the school and surrounding community, in Plateau State through the MUSIC FOR TOILET benefit concert.

For Kamshimua, today can only be compared to Christmas she says, No one has ever done this for us, few people have fulfilled promises made to us since I came to this school”

Due to the continuous challenges that children with disabilities face, Inclusive Friends Association has mapped out 12 more schools across Nigeria’s 6 geo-political zones for these same interventions. Each school will have two blocks of 4 units toilet each for male and female students/ pupils, and a block of two units for male and female staff. A total of 36 blocks of PWD toilets and 12 solar powered boreholes will be provided across these states at the sum of N69, 400,000 ($ 191,163.74 and £ 150,428. 46)

Would you like to support more students with disabilities like Kamshimua? Donate to Inclusive Friends Association today. Every card purchased at N3, 600, $10.00 and £ 8.00 is a step closer to providing accessible toilet and water facility for children with disabilities.