We help children in public primary schools stay healthy by giving them access to gender-segregated bathrooms, hand-washing stations, and water tanks and filters. We also work with teachers and student leaders to build good hygiene habits that last a lifetime.
More than 40% of rural Guatemalans do not have access to water in their homes, and even those who do often lack the knowledge and resources needed for good health and sanitation. The lack of safe drinking water and sanitation facilities leads to widespread disease, which then pushes students out of school and families into poverty.
Pueblo a Pueblo works with local schools to install water tanks and filters; construct gender-segregated bathrooms and child-friendly handwashing stations; and train teachers and student leaders to promote healthy hygiene habits.
In the long term, these facilities and habits lead to improved health, reduce the incidence of illness, and keep children in school for longer, ultimately contributing to a healthier and more productive generation of young leaders in Guatemala.