HEALTH, DIGNITY, AND EQUALITY
THROUGH SANITATION & HYGIENE
The UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 include a specific goal to “ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”.
All children deserve the right to clean water and basic sanitation, as stated in the Convention on the Rights of a Child.
Every Sanitation Center we build
includes multiple latrines and urination stalls for teachers and students, complete with a handwash station, ensuring they no longer have to run into the field to defecate and urinate out in the open.
New handwash stations engrain this important practice into the children making it second nature.
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IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD, 50% OF DIARRHEAL AND RESPIRATORY DISEASES IN CHILDREN CAN BE REDUCED BY THE SIMPLE ACT OF PROMOTING AND PRACTICING HAND-WASHING AT SCHOOL.
Our hands touch everything, but if you've never had clean water, how would you know about the importance of hand-washing?
The school provides a perfect environment for the encouragement of new hand-washing and sanitation behaviors.
Water Underground installs a hand-wash station outside the latrines in each school to make hand-washing with soap and clean water second nature for children. Instilling these habits in children at school leads to the improvement of hygiene habits for their families at home as well.
Members of the Hygiene and Sanitation commission together with the teachers in the school, educate the children on proper hand-washing techniques and maintain a supply of soap and cleaning products at the school at all times.