Students spreading environmental awareness!
This August, Pueblo a Pueblo’s WASH in Schools Project inaugurated sanitation facilities at the Nueva Vida Official School, one of our new partner schools. We installed five student toilets, one urinal and a small hand washing station with four faucets—making for many happy kids and teachers!
WASH Project Coordinator, Tomás, asserts that “the new facilities will contribute to the betterment of the children’s health because they will no longer be exposed to contagious diseases due to unsanitary conditions.”
To help support the school with the ongoing management of these facilities, students who demonstrated strong leadership skills were selected to be WASH Student Ambassadors. As Ambassadors, they help educate their fellow students about the importance of hygiene and sanitation. In early September, the WASH Student Ambassadors demonstrated their commitment by organizing and leading an Environmental Cleanup Awareness Walk in Nueva Vida. It was a successful community-wide event with hundreds of youth, parents, and teachers participating!
The WASH project in Nueva Vida has also helped coordinate the creation of a support group made up of the school principal, teachers, parents, volunteers and a designated WASH Student Ambassador to ensure a community-driven effort is in place to take on any immediate or future challenges.
Tomás emphasized the importance of the school community’s direct involvement in managing the project. Looking forward, he envisions that 100% of students in the school will use the new facilities and learn the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene.
“Pueblo a Pueblo has now executed all the needed steps. We will do occasional follow-ups, but now we want the teachers, students and community to become the main actors to look out for the hygiene of the students at the school. […] With the appropriate use of the new facilities and the direct support from the students and teachers, this will be another means of improving students’ academic success.”
The old hand-washing station, before construction
The new completed WASH facilities!
New WASH Student Ambassadors at the inauguration
The school principal opening up the new facilities