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Water Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Programme among the Primary and Secondary School Students

Naihati Prolife started working in this field in the year 2009 with specific objective to promote better sanitation, hygiene and drinking water among the students of primary as well as secondary schools of suburbans & rural areas. Habra-I, Habra-II, Amdanga blocks of North 24 Parganas & Ranaghat-II block of Nadia district was chosen as the area of implementation.

The organisation identified a gap in the actual demand and measures provided by various governmental schemes for water and sanitation in schools. It accepted this opportunity and challenge to provide infrastructure and facility along with wholesome hygiene education to students to help their retention in schools and furthering academic excellence.

Work started on these issues with financial support from Water for People India and through mobilization of Government Funds and local resources. In the year 2010-2011 Prolife extended their services to 30 Primary schools and 14 secondary schools by which 16800 students of secondary school and 4500 students of Primary school benefited from the project.

The focus was on both hardware (Infrastructure) and software (Awareness, Attitude and Practice) development at the schools.

For hardware development separate urinal blocks and latrine for girls’ and boys have been developed. Change room and incerators are attached with girls urinal blocks to provide them adequate infrastructure to maintain menstrual hygiene at school. At 4 schools arsenic and iron filters were installed as the arsenic level of the drinking water found above permissible level.

The  software programmes are focussed on the following activities:

  • Teachers’ Meeting,
  • School Managing Committee Meeting,
  •  Watsan (Water-Sanitation) Committee Formation,
  •  Opening of Watsan Account,
  • Watsan Committee Meeting,
  • Watsan Committee Training,
  • Awareness Campaign among the Student By the Student
The visitor can have a glimpse of Our  Success Stories in the field of WASH in this document here.  (Click to download)