WASH Education Program
Our WASH Education Programs provide supplies and training to schools, maternal health centers, and community clinics to help them provide education and resources on water, sanitation, and hygiene to children and families without access to it around the world. In 2016, we launched our first WASH in School Programs in Kenya and Tanzania, serving approximately 9,000 students in total. The programs delivered hygiene education to students every two weeks, along with soap distribution to encourage good hygiene habits in the classroom and at home. Ninety-day evaluations were conducted throughout the 9-month duration of the pilot program to measure the impact. In both countries, we observed a significant decrease in reported hygiene related illnesses, by as much as 56%. We also saw school attendance among students increase by 50% or more. We’ve since expanded these programs and launched new initiatives in places like India, Haiti, and beyond.
In the US, we work to bring handwashing education programs to low-income schools in Orlando, Las Vegas, and elsewhere. These programs encourage good hygiene practices among students by creating a memorable educational experience around the importance of hand hygiene. We get the whole family involved, using songs, skits, and other activities to make the experience fun and engaging. At the end of each lesson, families get to take home several Hygiene Kits so they can put what they’ve learned to practice.