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Improving Sanitation in Schools
San Juan, Achuapa in the department of León, north-west of Nicaragua
The project will build new latrines in two schools; it will organize communities and train them in building and maintaining the latrines. It will also teach children and the community good hygiene practices
The project will be implemented by El Porvenir, a Palms for Life partner who has 14 years of experience working in Nicaragua.
The project will directly impact the health of about 100 schoolchildren and surrounding communities. Children will learn how to wash hands after using the toilet and before eating. Girls will feel more comfortable going to school when there is a latrine. Studies show that overall school attendance in poor countries increases by as much as 30% when there is water and sanitation in school.
why we love it:
Bringing water and sanitation to schools and educating kids about basic hygiene is one of the most effective ways to bring long lasting changes. Kids are the future leaders of the world and as global citizens we can’t bear the thought that millions still defecate in the open.
Printing of Educational Posters
Public schools, nationwide
The project will print and laminate about 480 educational posters for children and adults to be hung in key places in participating schools. The children’s posters will contain basic messages about improved sanitation and hygiene practice. The posters for adults will encourage schools to provide improved sanitation services to the children, for instance providing soap and toilet paper.
The project will be implemented by Palms for Life Fund Swaziland which has been operating in the country for the last 4 years.
These simple posters will be viewed by children at least once a day; teachers will use them during training on health and sanitation; the images will be unforgettable and have the potential to radically change behaviors such as hand washing, which in itself directly impacts the children’s health.
why we love it:
The project is cost-effective. We believe that simple actions such as hand washing or closing the lid of a toilet, or using appropriate wiping material have the power to increase children’s awareness about their hygiene and health which is so important in a country like Swaziland that has the world’s highest prevalence in HIV/AIDs
*Please note that unforeseen circumstances might oblige Palms for Life Fund to review the allocation of funds.