WASH Infrastructure & Education
Our WASH Infrastructure & Education Programs provide sustainable infrastructure (water wells and storage, piping, taps, toilets, and handwashing stations), locally-sourced supplies, and needs-based training to schools, healthcare facilities, and community centers to help achieve sustainable access to WASH for vulnerable communities.
Our programs target underserved populations and work with community leaders to design comprehensive, multi-year programs that help achieve long-term community development. This includes working to help the community implement WASH infrastructure, like locally maintainable water wells, water storage, water access points, toilets, and handwashing stations, ensuring that they can be locally maintained and remain operational full-time and long-term. All supplies and materials — even the soap — is sourced locally from local businesses.
We then design a needs-based, locally customized WASH education curriculum that is taught by local teachers and healthcare workers in schools, clinics, and community centers on a weekly basis to ensure individuals and families understand and follow proper WASH practices. Over time, behaviors are changed, improved, and ingrained for lifelong practice.
We monitor our progress at least quarterly, and programs have shown up to a 97% decrease in diarrhea among the targeted population. At the same time, school attendance has been shown to increase by 60% or more.
The goal is to ensure the progress that is achieved is sustainable by the local community going forward and without dependence on outside assistance. Ongoing access to WASH helps improve health, promote gender equality, and improve economic conditions for the families and the community as a whole.
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