Thanks to you, Pueblo a Pueblo has successfully made badly needed sanitation infrastructure repairs in four local elementary schools (Tzanchaj, Panabaj, La Cumbre, Chacayá). From the installation of hand washing stations to the construction and repair of bathrooms, the WASH project improved physical sanitary conditions in each school. The WASH project also successfully trained our partner schools’ teachers and directors on the basics of personal hygiene, health and hand washing.
Local community support also enabled us to enrich the hygiene lessons that we bring to children. During the summer garden camps, a local dentist donated his time and knowledge to teach children the basics of dental hygiene. Our special guest demonstrated proper techniques to brush and floss teeth, and also discussed what healthy foods kids need to consume to have stronger bones and bodies.
Children from Panabaj, La Cumbre, Chacayá and Tzanchaj elementary schools have started this new school year in a healthier learning environment. New fun and educational murals are now decorating the school campus and serve as reminders of the healthy habits they learned in class! Children are learning to wash their hands with soap after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after playing in the school garden. Healthy hand washing habits reduce the risk of catching and transmitting germs and diseases that are partly responsible for a low school attendance.
As the WASH project enters its second year of implementation, our partner schools in La Cumbre, Chacayá and Tzanchaj will continue teacher trainings and receive a new set of classes around hygiene and sanitation. Panabaj elementary schools will be receiving the WASH project’s first year teacher trainings so that they can learn how to create a clean and healthy environment in the schools. The teachers, directors and Pueblo a Pueblo staff are very much looking forward to continue creating healthy learning environments in our partner schools!
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