The funding for the project came from our friends at H2O for Life, an international non-profit organization which links schools in the developing world with students in the global north. Their unique approach to clean water development, which draws on service-learning programs for youth organizations and schools in North America and Europe to fund WASH campaigns in Africa and Latin America, has proven to be an effective engine for development on the community level.
Sandy Mendoza, the WASH Project Assistant, said about the new development, “This project is important because it finally helps cover the needs of the school in Nueva Providencia. Before there was a poor sanitary facility open to the entire community, and with so many people from the school and outside community using the bathrooms, maintenance was nearly impossible. Some days the kids would come to school and find their bathrooms completely unusable.”
“And it’s not just about construction,” Sandy continued. “We’re trying to promote good health habits in other sustainable ways. By giving hygiene classes to students in partner schools, we’re giving them knowledge they can use to lead healthy, happy lives. Our hope is that these hygiene habits will spread from the students to their families, and eventually to the entire community.”