This project will provide a schools focused WASH program to 3 schools located in Trojes, Honduras
Childhood health and well being are linked to the success they have in school. School children, who have access to clean drinking water and have adequate sanitation, increase their ability to learn as their health is not compromised by the devastating effects of water borne diseases. Good health is as essential to education as are text books.
This project will improve the health of 95 children and teachers by providing improved drinking water; latrines, wash stations, hygiene education; use and maintenance of the filter and safe water storage training, deworming; and follow-up monitoring to these three schools. These students attend schools in the communities of La Nubosa, Villa Hermosa and Los Jardines. All three communities are located in the Municipality of Trojes, El Paraiso Honduras. For years to come, the new students will have clean water to drink, a latrine to use, and hygiene lessons to learn. And for students leaving schools, the lessons they learned will carry with them through life.
For the past 5 years PWW, which functions as Agua Pura para el Mundo, a nationally recognized Honduran non- governmental organization, has worked in the remote Trojes region of Honduras, which government of Honduras has identified as a high-need and underserved region of the country. Residents in these communities, which number over 200 settlements, have no access to a community water system and use contaminated water from nearby streams and rivers; in addition, the majority of the population does not have access to a safe latrine. Residents do not treat their water, and open defecation contributes significantly to the contamination of the water resources. Individuals in this community work in agriculture and per-capita income is around $1.25 per person per day. They are largely smallholder farmers who grow shade-grown coffee for export in addition to a small amount of beans, corn and cattle. Children attend primary school in small community schoolhouses, yet access to secondary school is extremely limited. These communities are relatively isolated, and have very scant access to electricity, mobile phones or reliable health services. PWW seeks to address this lack of clean water, safe sanitation and hygiene knowledge in Trojes that poses a significant health burden to an underserved region.
Trojes schools serve both multiple grade levels with only one teacher for all grades. For many of these communities, they rely almost exclusively on coffee harvesting for their meager income. The coffee growing season only lasts for a few months, however, so the remainder of the year is spent trying to farm to supplement their income.
LocationTrojes, Trojes, Honduras
Primary Focus: Drinking Water - Schools
Secondary Focus: Sanitation - Schools
People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 95
School Children Getting Water: 92
People Getting Sanitation: 95
People Getting Other Benefits: 92
A handwashing station will be built at each school. Teachers, students and family members will also participate in water and hygiene workshops.
Application Type: Project Funding
Start Date: 2013-10-01
Completion Date: 2013-11-01
PWW employs proven, effective and affordable technology to provide a complete WASH package to Trojes schools. The technology used is simple for recipients to use and necessitates minimal maintenance inputs. In these rural schools, the Sawyer filter is used for water filtration. This system is simple, and does not require maintenance during school breaks.
The added benefit of latrine access reduces the environmental contamination of open defecation and is necessary to stop the transmission of pathogens from feces to humans. In these schools, two gender specific, pour- flush latrines are being implemented in each school. Sanitation, coupled with targeted, effective hygiene education, beneficiaries have the tools, understanding and information they need to reduce the burden of waterborne disease.
PWW’s approach focuses on community engagement, participation, and extensive educational initiatives—two facets we believe significantly strengthen the success of our programming. Community members play an active role in the implementation of PWW projects even when working in schools.
This project will be completed in one phase
Teachers, students and parents will participate in the health and hygiene workshops provided by Pure Water. Teachers and parents will learn how to maintain the filter, latrine and wash station.
The parents in each community will form a Parent’s Society. They will participate in the health and hygiene workshops, and are responsible for maintaining soap supply for the wash station and maintaining the wash station and latrine. They also participate in the building of the latrine and wash station.
The goal of every Pure Water project is to improve the health of beneficiaries by providing a platform of hygiene education, safe sanitation and clean water access. While we target all community members, we have a specific focus on improving the lives of children and ensuring their capacity to realize their potential as productive members of society. When children are sick due to waterborne disease, they cannot attend school. In addition, even though the children in these communities have filters at their homes, if they attend a school without safe water or sanitation, they run the risk of contracting waterborne illnesses there, which subsequently can spread to each other and to their families.
In most Trojes schools, hand washing is not widely practiced and crowded schools offer prime opportunities for children to contract illnesses both from a lack of clean water and sanitation and from each other. By promoting safe water, hygiene and sanitation habits in children at their schools, we can also reinforce their home practices. When children learn important health habits at school, they tend to relay this newly acquired knowledge to parents and siblings at home. With these components, this project offers a broader investment in PWW program communities and helps ensure and strengthen our overall efficacy.
Teachers, students and student parents participate in the workshops held at the school related to safe water, hygiene and environmental safe practices. Through these workshops, and encouraged behavioral change, students will learn proper habits that will improve their lives now and in the future. These tools will also continue to provide improved health for students to come.
The Parent’s Society has to participate in the construction of 2 latrines per school. There will be one latrine for girls, and another for boys. Wash stations will be constructed for hand washing. The Parent’s Society is responsible for keeping the wash stations maintained as well as keeping soap available.
Metrics being tracked during implementation would be:
- Number of filters installed
- Number of latrines and wash stations built
- Number of community members attending trainings
- Participation from whole community.
These will be tracked throughout the course of the project by our staff members. If any adjustments need to be made during implementation, they will plan accordingly.