Life in our twin town has been hard recently: first an occupation by armed groups, then continuing shortages and insecurity. The national Government finds it hard to provide services in the north of Mali, and Timbuktu’s schools have had no investment for many years.
One of the things that schools desperately need is new and refurbished toilets. Hay2 Timbuktu is aiming to raise the money to rebuild the toilets at three secondary schools by the end of 2018.
“Our school is 114 years old, but the toilets have never been modernised. They are almost entirely dilapidated. We have tried for years to get support to repair them, but nobody has the money.”
Headmaster of Yehia Alkaya School
“Most of the students have missed courses every day because of lack of toilets, particularly girls, when they are in need they usually have to go home and miss their courses…the boys manage but it’s always difficult… girls are afraid to use the same toilets as the boys and they are in any case near the school gates and insecure…”
Will you help to provide school students in Timbuktu with a decent school environment?