Srey Pech is kind, obedient with her parents, teachers, and other adults, and at nine years old, she is the oldest of her two younger siblings. Srey has a beautiful smile and dreams of being a teacher one day. At Klis Primary, where Srey attends and is in fifth grade, there is no safe water on campus, no place to wash hands, and only one toilet for all 200 students. “I want to be a teacher,” Srey said. “But, I cannot focus well on studies because there is no water.”
There are two toilets at Klis Primary, one for students and one for teachers. The lines are so long for the student bathroom that the expectation is for most students to go outside in the fields that surround the school. This is not only an unsanitary and unsafe environment for students, but one that keeps older girls from attending school while menstruating each month. Srey’s teacher, Mrs. Peery, said, “Lacking water and bathrooms contributes to students dropping out of school.” Srey, the kind girl that she is, says she is always concerned about the flowers around campus that suffer when there is no water.
Teachers with WASH knowledge make healthy students! Lifewater staff practice water access, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) lessons with teachers to be integrated in school curriculum.
With Menstrual Hygiene Management training, girls have the resources and social support they need to thrive in their classrooms without shame.
A WASH Club of student leaders actively participate in teaching hygiene and sanitation to their peers through songs, dramas, and dances.
Lifewater designs and constructs multi-stall school bathrooms with drainable pit toilets that are built to last. Each school also features permanent handwashing stations to improve school hygiene. With safe, sanitary bathrooms, more children feel confident attending school!
Lifewater engineers plan and build the appropriate source based on the geography of the region. Safe water transforms a school. The school becomes a certified “Healthy School” once the following are all in place: an active WASH Club, MHM training, a safe water source, and safe bathrooms for the entire school. It is a moment of great accomplishment!
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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