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Headmaster Charles Tewesemale is very happy. Since the toilets were built, enrolment in his school has gone up by more than one-third and there are now more girls than boys. His staff say that the children also get sick less often and miss fewer days of school. Before, one or two would complain of abdominal pains every single day. Now, that is very rare.     <br />
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The small staff of Msiwa School, near the capital of Malawi, struggle to provide an education with a tiny budget and little equipment. Until recently, they didn't just need more teachers and books to get their children through school - they also needed more toilets. Without latrines and washing facilities, children were getting sick and dropping out, particularly girls.

Headmaster Charles Tewesemale is very happy. Since the toilets were built, enrolment in his school has gone up by more than one-third and there are now more girls than boys. His staff say that the children also get sick less often and miss fewer days of school. Before, one or two would complain of abdominal pains every single day. Now, that is very rare.

The small staff of Msiwa School, near the capital of Malawi, struggle to provide an education with a tiny budget and...
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