School Partnership model

 

We target rural schools that cannot provide their students all of the fundamentals of a clean learning environment: access to clean water, separate bathrooms for girls and boys, and handwashing facilities.

As a result, children return home each day with bacteria on their hands and in their bodies. Diarrheal disease, respiratory infections, and “sick days” have been all too common. At the same time, the next generation of community leaders are building the habits and beliefs that they will carry with them into adulthood. Today, handwashing with soap can keep a child in class. Tomorrow, it could save the life of their child.

Our services include:

  1. Build or repair school wells, bathrooms, and handwashing facilities.
  2. Train and coach teachers to build healthy habits in their students, rather than teach children conceptual knowledge about hygiene to pass a test.
  3. Coach teachers to create student-led School Health Clubs and school-wide competitions to promote children as change agents for improved hygiene at school and at home.
  4. Coach school management and PTA leaders to develop financial plans to pay for critical maintenance and hygiene supplies to sustain the infrastructure and practices in the future.

 
Healthy communities depend on the expectations and habits of their leaders. The Water Trust partners with schools to teach a generation to be leaders that keep themselves and their families healthy.