Childhood health and well being are linked to the success they have in school. School children, who have access to clean drinking water and have adequate sanitation, increase their ability to learn as their health is not compromised by the devastating effects of water borne diseases. Good health is as essential to education as are text books. This project will provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education for Escuela Las Mieles located in Trojes, Honduras. This school is located in the rural Trojes communities of Las Mieles. It will have a direct impact on an estimated 16 school-aged children and their families. For years to come, the new students will have safe water to drink, a latrine to use, and hygiene lessons to learn. For students leaving schools, the lessons they learned will carry with them through life. This school will be provided with a complete package of clean water, sanitation, hygiene education, teacher training and additional trainings that will cover hand washing, protecting water sources, menstrual hygiene, and personal hygiene.
The ability to access safe water in school enables the children, specifically young girls, to be able to stay in school, complete higher education, and pursue opportunity. Clean water will not simply contribute to improved health, but also addresses a root cause of cyclical poverty. Improved community health will contribute to increased productivity, self-efficacy and economic stability in the entire region, empowering the community to take ownership over its own success and future. In most Trojes schools, hand washing is not widely practiced and crowded schools offer prime opportunities for children to contract illnesses both from a lack of clean water and sanitation and from each other. By promoting safe water, hygiene and sanitation habits to children in school, we can also reinforce their home practices. When children learn important health habits at school, they tend to relay this newly acquired knowledge to parents and siblings at home. With these components, this project offers a broader investment in communities and helps ensure and strengthen the overall sustainability of our work.
This project specifically entails building a rain water harvesting tank, installing biosand filters, gender-specific latrines, and handwashing stations and laying pvc piping from the water source to the school, in addition to offering comprehensive hygiene training for all students and educators. Teachers will participate in extensive training that shows how to include hygiene messages into every day school work. Menstrual hygiene will also be addressed for teachers and students. Hygiene kits will be made available for schools and school change agents will be trained and equipped to help ensure proper practices are being followed.
H2O for Life is not a WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) project implementer. We have partnerships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) implementing WASH in Schools projects around the world. Our NGO partners match funds needed for each school project. We also have a generous donor that provides us with an interest-free loan that, along with matching funds, allows for many projects to be started or possibly even completed before total funds have been raised. In rare situations we reserve the right to reallocate funds to alternate project(s).
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