On Monday 22nd April 2013, MSABI sanitation team handed over the recently completed Mlabani sec school latrine.
The 2013 form one student intake was 483 alone! This caused a huge spike in the school population which now stands at 952 students. The school previously had 6 drop holes. The new school latrine system installed by MSABI comprises of 10 latrine rooms connected to a 22,600l tank. The effluent from the septic tank will be treated onsite using an 18m long mound, in which 4'' pvc irrigation lines have been laid over a gravel and sand.
This is the first school latrine since the inception of the MSABI school latrine project that the local government has provided funding to support the construction, . A total of 5.19 million tsh was allocated from the district council budget to pay for bricks, sand, gravel, labourers wages and food.
 In total the 16 latrine rooms and associated WW storage and treatment systems will serve the student population at Mlabani.
Below are pictorial highlights of the handover ceremony.
Fig 1: School emblem
Fig 2: The students making their way towards the new latrine block, where the handover ceremony would be conducted.

 fig 3: Delegation from the Ifakara ward council who attended the ceremony. The Ifakara ward executive officer, Chairmen from Ifakara villages and representatives from the community development office were present to see  the latrine infrastructure.
fig 4: The students singing the school anthem at the start of the handover ceremony

Fig 5: Students happy to receive their new latrine block

fig 7: Front side of the latrine block
fig 10: Septic tank with pipe from latrine block to the primary tank
fig 8: Inside the latrine rooms 

fig 9: Back side of the latrine block

fig 10: Sanitation project manager Naomi Ng'endo and QA manager Sarah Msofe giving instructions to the Mlabani sanitation and Hygiene club on how to maintain the latrine. The club was formed at the beginning of construction in Nov 2012, selected from the various classes in the school. They will oversee the other students in the day to day cleaning of the latrine and ensure availability of water for flushing and soap at the hand washing station. They will perform minor repairs and maintenance and report major issues to the school administration 

fig 11: Sanitation club being shown some of the inspection ports which gives access to the drainage pipes

Special thanks to Australian aid who co-sponsored the construction.