Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) are fundamental to the development and well-being of children at schools. Adequate provision of water supply, inclusive sanitation and good hygiene practices in schools will reduce cases of hygiene-related diseases; increase student attendance and learning achievement; and contribute to dignity, inclusion, and equity. The 2017 HTN needs assessment survey shows that community schools located in the remote mountain region of Solukhumbu district still lack resources, knowledge, and capacity to build, operate and maintain Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) facilities.
Therefore, HTN has designed a two-year school WaSH program to sustainably improve access to safe and sufficient water, adequate and inclusive sanitation facilities, and promote good hygiene practices to improve learning environments and educational performance. The project will be implemented in three community schools namely: 1) Chheskam Secondary School, Chheskam, (2) Bung Secondary School, Bung and (3)Pelmang Basic School, Pelmang.
To strengthen Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene at these community schools, this project will pursue three major strategies:
1) Repair, upgrade and build WaSH infrastructures at three schools
2) Promote sustained hygiene and sanitation behavioral practices among school children, teachers and parents through awareness programs and training
3) Build capacity of school stakeholders to operate and manage WaSH facilities at their schools.
It is expected that with the completion of the proposed WaSH project, school children of these three schools will have access to safe and sufficient water supply, adequate and inclusive sanitation facilities and acquire good hygiene behavioral practices in using the installed water supply, sanitation, and hygiene facilities. By the end of the project, each school will have the knowledge, capacity, and network to continue maintenance of water supply and sanitation facilities at their schools.
The Project is supported by Grand Circle Foundation, USA, Boston