The Children’s Welfare Charitable Trust (TCWCT), a Vadodara based 80G non-governmental organization, conducted a WASH in Schools Event for 250 students at Bharti Vidyalay in Baranpura, Vadodara.
The Children’s Welfare Charitable Trust Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) event for local students was modelled on a child-friendly, interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on life skills, community service activities and peer-to-peer interaction. The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion through Schools project is a hands-on approach to teaching and learning about WASH. The project employs a package of seven components:
Safe Handling of Drinking Water
Safe Disposal of Wastewater
Safe Disposal of Human Excreta
Disposal of Solid Waste
Household Sanitation and Food Hygiene
Poor sanitation, water scarcity, inferior water quality and inappropriate hygiene behaviour are disastrous for infants and young children and are a major cause of mortality for children under five. Those conditions are also detrimental to the health of school-aged children, who spend long hours in schools. The physical environment and cleanliness of a school facility can significantly affect the health and well-being of children. Disease spreads quickly in cramped spaces with limited ventilation, where hand-washing facilities or soap are not available, and where toilets are in disrepair. Too often, schools are places where children become ill.
“Every child- friendly school requires appropriate WASH initiatives that keep the school environment clean and free of smells and inhibit the transmission of harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites,” said Mr. Jugal Thakkar, Program Director of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. He continued, saying “The Children’s Welfare Charitable Trust continues to focus on building sustainable livelihoods and resilience, so that people are able to help themselves.”