Imagine your child drink dirty water and use unhygienic toilets. What if he/she does not wash hands before eating or after using a toilet? While we have the privilege to use clean water for everything, from cooking to washing to drinking, but for millions of Indians, clean water and decent toilets are a luxury. Thousands of children die every day due to illnesses caused by intake of dirty water.
Did you know that 13 children (under the age of 5) die every day due to diarrhoea, making it the second leading cause of death in children under the age of five (as reported by World Health Organisation)?
Lack of clean drinking water and decent toilets leads to widespread diseases, which then push students out of school and families into poverty. Repeated bouts of diarrhoea before the age of two can result in a condition where the body fails to absorb essential nutrients, affecting the physical and cognitive growth of a child. This often leads to a situation called ‘stunting’. It is defined as children having low height for age and indicates that children haven’t developed as they should.
WaterAid is helping children in Primary Schools in Raichur stay healthy by giving them access to gender-segregated bathrooms, handwashing stations, water tanks and filters. We are also working with teachers and student leaders to help everyone in the school imbibe good hygiene habits that last a lifetime. Educating children on good hygiene habits alone does not always help. At WaterAid, in our endeavour to have a long-term impact, we adopt a holistic approach.
- Collaboration with schools to empower students as ‘agents of change’ – Students learn about the importance of clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene through various sessions at school. They then share the same knowledge with their families.
which in turn leads to an overall change in behaviour of the community as a whole.
- Construction of colourful, clean and functional Handwashing Stations in government schools - A functional and colourful handwashing station encourages children to stay clean and adopt hygiene as a way of life.
- Easy access to handwashing stations – Designing of handwashing stations so children of any age can access water taps, irrespective of their height.
- Installation of Rainwater Harvesting Systems to utilise water collected during monsoons, teaching students simple ways of conserving water, and using it from time-to-time for their daily chores.
- Promoting good hygiene - Through educative illustrations on the walls of handwashing stations, key messages are shared. Also, children are involved in various play activities, such as singing songs on benefits and steps of handwashing.
In the long term, these facilities and habits lead to improved health, reduced incidence of illness, and increased longevity of children in schools. All of this ultimately contributes to a healthier and more productive generation of young leaders in India.
Our goal is to raise INR 13,00,000 for schools in Raichur district of Karnataka to provide adequate hygiene environment and clean water. Your contributions will help us in reaching out to 1050 boys and 450 girls in these schools and conduct the following activities –
|Activity||Cost per unit (in INR)|
|1 Handwashing station in school||12,000/-|
|1 Rain water harvesting system in school||75,000/-|
|Designing colourful Collaterals and Hygiene messaging on Handwashing station and for Schools to engage children in a fun way||3000/-|
|Training cost of School WASH committee||40,000/-|