Togo – WASH for Schools 2012

Capital City of Lomé
Project Partner: Action Enfance et Développement (AED) Togo

Over the past four years, Ryan’s Well and our partners at AED Togo have helped to provide WASH – water, sanitation and hygiene – for schools near the capital city of Lomé. Our past work in Togo includes 5 primary schools plus a neighbouring nursery school and nearby junior school.

Monitoring trips in February 2011 by volunteer Board Member, Bruce O’Callaghan, and again in April 2012, thanks to our friends at Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW), continue to report the positive impacts of Togo WASH for Schools.

Students attending schools with water access, basic sanitation with safe and private latrines along with handwashing stations have a healthier learning environment. This encourages school attendance, teacher engagement, healthy students and staff and helps to extend positive behaviour change to homes and families. Every school water source is made available to both the school and the surrounding community.


  • WASH for Awatame Primary School supporting 483 students with a drilled well, yard taps, handwashing station, 4-stance VIP latrine and hygiene training.
  • Avenou Jr. Secondary School As a neighbouring school toAvenou Primary, this school gained water access in early 2012.   The existing latrines are in urgent need of repairs for both safety and improved sanitation for students.
  • Klikame Nursery School This school also gained water access in early 2012 from neighbouring Klikame Primary School.  The latrines at the nursery are in urgent need of refurbishing and a handwashing station is also planned for improving hygiene.

*Costs include (in Canadian dollars): water quality monitoring, hygiene education activities, water source committee training, project monitoring, reporting & partner coordination for WASH sustainability, all construction, drilling, materials and labour as required.


March 4, 2013 – The activities for Awatame School, Avenou Jr. Secondary and Klikame Nursery are now complete!  Thanks to our partners at AED Togo, all of these students now have private, clean and safe toilets, handwashing stations for clean hands and safe water to drink.  See the photo gallery for pictures of the completed projects.  Our friends at Support. Education.Togo. (SET) will be visiting the area in April 2013 for further monitoring until the next Ryan’s Well visit.  We will continue to monitor these schools in the coming year (or more) to supportWASH sustainability!

January 22, 2013 – Drilling at Awatame Schools was completed and water found at 59 meters depth.  The elevated tank is under construction then the water can be pumped to the tank for distribution by gravity flow to the piped network and taps.  A water sample was submitted to the lab at the University of Lomé for water quality testing.  At Klikame Nursery, the partition walls of the latrine are in place and toilets are being set for the children to use in privacy.

To Learn More:

1.  Meet Debora Ahlikpokou of Adakpame, Togo

2.  True Confessions:  I’m Tired of Looking at Toilets! Blog from Togo

Together, we have created healthier learning environments for students of Awatame Primary, Avenou Jr. Secondary and Klikame Nursery!