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School sanitation for better lives and education

by Loreto Property Association (Vietnam) Limited
School sanitation for better lives and education

Summary

"A toilet is not just a toilet. It's a life-saver, dignity-protector and opportunity-maker" (United Nations). Therefore, access to clean water and basic sanitation is the right of every child. However, in remote areas of Vietnam, many children have limited or even no access to clean school sanitation and safe water, making them vulnerable to diseases caused by poor hygiene. Our program aims to promote a standard model of school sanitation and health education in those disadvantaged schools.

$50,000
total goal
$49,980
remaining
3
days

Challenge

School sanitation is one of the biggest challenges of Vietnam's education sector. According to a 2019 report by the Ministry of Education and Training, 42% of primary school toilets lacked basic standards. In many schools, there are only 6 toilet bowls for 1,000 students, so they have to use bushes or rubbish collection sites instead. Safe water system is not fully provided so many schools have to collect unclean water from the nearby ponds. Also, severe climate change has placed more burdens.

Solution

After conducting needs assessment and situational analysis, we work with local authority and schools to rebuild or renovate toilet blocks, hygienic water, and sewerage systems; provide health promotion and education modules to the school's teachers and students to help them stay away from hygiene-related diseases and COVID prevention; plan and implement media activities; measure the project impact and disseminate results for policy and program advocacy.

Long-Term Impact

The program outcomes include increased knowledge, attitude, and behavior of teachers and students related to health education; reduced incidence of diarrhea and hygiene-related diseases; reduced risks of environmental health and tropical diseases; highlighted gender sensitivity to enable more privacy and comfort for girls to access and use their separate toilet blocks, and the model standardized and advocated for expansion to other sites.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.loretovietnam.org
Loreto Vietnam' School Sanitation Program

Organization Information

Loreto Property Association (Vietnam) Limited

Location: Ho Chi Minh - Vietnam
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Project Leader:
Nguyen Viet Dung
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
April 2021 Accelerator
Donations: $20 raised ($5,000 needed)
 
Donors: 1 (40 needed)
 
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