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With the support of donors like you, Save the Children has:
Repaired two latrines, built two new latrines, installed two urinals for boys, built five hand washing points (four for children and one for teachers). And for the first time, children at the school now have clean, safe drinking water!
Provided health education, vitamins, vision screening, de-worming medicines and other basic health services to children at the school.
Installed a deep tubewell (DTW) and held court-yard sessions to teach the community about personal hygiene.
Daxmin Paschhim Amtoli is a small village in Bangladesh with approximately 35 households.
Before support from Global Giving, Daxin Paschhim Amtoli had very little access to clean water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene. Women had to travel a long way to the nearest Government Primary School, which was difficult and particularly risky for pregnant women.
Most of the households didn’t use sanitary latrines or keep drinking water and food covered. As a result, most of the people suffered from diarrhea, especially the children.
With the help of GlobalGiving, the community installed a deep tubewell (DTW) and held court-yard sessions to teach the community about personal hygiene. Now, the community takes an active role in cleaning and maintaining the DTW and has installed household latrines and a soak well at their own cost.
With access to safe drinking water, sanitary latrines and information on personal hygiene, families in Daxmin Paschhim Amtoli are free from diarrheal diseases.
Students in Baliarpur primary school in Savar are now much more able to learn, and to protect their health, thanks to the support of Global Giving contributors. With funds raised, Save the Children has repaired two latrines, built two new latrines, installed two urinals for boys, built five hand washing points (four for children and one for teachers). And for the first time, children at the school now have clean, safe drinking water!
Fifth grader Hajera explains, “Before, I had to leave school and walk to my house to use the bathroom. This meant I would miss one class. I am very happy to get new latrines, hand washing facilities and drinking water right at my school!”
Salman, another fifth grader, says “My friends and I used to have to go to the bathroom outside. There was a very bad smell at the school because of the dirty latrines. Sometimes, we would carry bottled water from home, now we have as much as we need at school.”
Save the Children is also providing health education, vitamins, vision screening, de-worming medicines and other basic health services to children at the school. In the next month, the latrines will be painted and a signboard will be installed.
At the Baliapur primary school, 530 students share a single pit latrine. The toilet is old that it can no longer be cleaned easily; the smell is unbearable and permeates across the school yard. Dr. Ataur Rahman of Save the Children’s School Health and Nutrition Program in Bangladesh explains “the latrine is so dirty that children and teachers rarely use it. Instead, they leave school to use toilets at home, missing important time in the classroom. And, if children do use the latrine, it is difficult to wash their hands after as the hand pump is located at a distance.” It was here that Save the Children’s Global Giving campaign for water and sanitation began with a video between children in Baliapur, Bangladesh, and children in Arlington, Virginia. The schools are now corresponding.
Last week, Dr. Ataur and others from Save the Children’s School Health and Nutrition team visited a school about one hour from Baliapur- Nikrail Primary School. The purpose of their visit was to orient teachers, school management committee members, parents and others to the new School Health and Nutrition Program which would bring hygiene education, health services i.e deworming, vitamin A & iron supplementation, vision screening, first aid and other essential services to the school.
“Teachers, parents and school administrators were very excited about the new program,” says Dr. Ataur. “We know from experience that increasing knowledge and awareness goes a long way in preventing the illnesses which make it difficult for children to attend school and to learn. But infrastructure is also critical- it is the hope of parents in Nikrail, and hundreds of other schools like it, that we will mobilize the resources to ensure every school child has access to a clean toilet and safe water.”
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