WHY WASH?

WASH Education

Our WASH Education programs make hygiene accessible to vulnerable communities all over the world. We work with schools and communities to provide soap and training to community leaders to help them provide hygiene education to students and families. In 2016, we partnered with schools to launch two programs in Kenya and Tanzania, serving approximately 9,000 students in total. The programs delivered hygiene education to students every two weeks, and provide soap to help encourage good hygiene habits outside of school. We conduct 90-day evaluations to measure the impact of our programs and work with community leaders to create pathways to sustainability, making sure that the impact lasts long after the programs conclude. Through our programs, we have observed a tremendous decrease in hygiene related illnesses by as much as 56%, and dramatic increases in school attendance as students spend less time at home sick.

In the US, we provide hygiene education to students attending Title I schools in Orlando and Las Vegas. Every month, we partner with local schools to create a memorable educational experience around the importance of hand hygiene. When possible, we get the whole family involved, using songs, skits, and other activities to make the experience fun and engaging. These hygiene promotion programs also help students and their families understand how germs travel and how they can protect themselves from getting sick. At the end of each hygiene lesson, each family gets to take home several Clean the World Hygiene Kits to help them continue practicing good hygiene at home

THE FACTS

Water

Improved water sources reduce diarrhea morbidity by 21%. Improvement of drinking-water quality, such as point-of-use disinfection, would lead to a 45% reduction of diarrhea episodes.

Sanitation

Sanitation and  hygiene  are critical to health, survival, and development. Many countries are challenged in providing adequate sanitation for their entire populations, leaving people at risk for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)-related diseases.

Hygiene

Hygiene refers to behaviors that can improve cleanliness and lead to good health, such as frequent hand washing, face washing, and bathing with soap and water. In much of the world, practicing personal hygiene etiquette is difficult due to lack of clean water and soap. Many diseases can be spread if the hands, face, or body are not washed correctly at the appropriate times.

RESOURCES

CENTRE FOR AFFORDABLE WATER
& SANITATION TECHNOLOGY (CAWST)

WASH education and training resources, with over 3000 resources to use with your projects, training and community education.

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL
AND PREVENTION (CDC)

UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S
MERGENCY FUND (UNICEF)

Works in 190 countries to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfill their potential.

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