UN-Habitat/ RAIN project celebrates the Global Hand Washing Day

On 15th October 2012, UN-Habitat joined RAIN’s project funded schools in Kenya to celebrate Global hand washing day. The schools had the opportunity through their health clubs to demonstrate the importance of hand washing with soap as an outreach event to their neighboring schools. In Kisumu, Ragumo Primary School was joined by three neighboring schools; Ogango Primary School, Kunya Primary School and Mbeme Primary School while Tido Primary School was joined by two neighboring schools;  Nyalunya Primary School and Ofunyu Primary School to celebrate the Hand washing Day.

The highlights of the day were demonstrations from the health clubs on which five occasions should one wash their hands and the procedure of washing hands which ushered more than 2,000 students to wash their hands with soap at various hand washing points within the school. The key messages that crowned the day were: “wash your hands with soap: Before eating or handling food, after using the toilet, after handling rubbish, after changing nappy, before and after touching an injured person.  Hand-washing with soap can significantly reduce the incidence of diarrhea.”

The Kisumu East Public Health Officer Mr. Nicholas Onako, thanked the head teachers of the schools who converged in Ragumo Primary School for allowing their students to participate in the event. In his message, he encouraged the students to make it a habit of washing hands with soap in order to keep away diseases that might lead to school absenteeism.

Thank you to UN-Habitat and Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation staff who contributed soap to enable the six UN-Habitat WASH Schools in Rarieda, Kisumu and Kisii celebrate this year’s Global Handwashing Day.

As part of the I’m a City Changer campaign, staff from UN-Habitat and the Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation initiative also contributed soap to enable the six UN-Habitat / Coca-Cola RAIN funded project Schools in Rarieda, Kisumu and Kisii celebrate this year’s Global Hand washing Day.

 

Project WET: Launching a New Program in Brazil

Some 20,000 children and 1,000 teachers in 200 Rio de Janeiro primary schools will learn the importance of healthy habits with respect to water, sanitation and hygiene thanks to a grant from the Abbott Fund, Abbott’s philanthropic foundation, to the Project WET Foundation. The innovative, customized water education program is expected to improve hygiene in schools and communities, reducing illness and school absenteeism and empowering action to solve critical issues with a strong focus on health impacts in communities as a result of behavior change.  Read Full Article.

About Project WET: Since 1984, the Project WET Foundation, an award-winning U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has dedicated itself to the mission of reaching children, parents, teachers and community members of the world with water education. Project WET is active in all 50 U.S. states and in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Water Warrior: Inspiring news from a H20 for Life Campaign!

The H2O For Life Campaign at The Haverford School in Haverford Pennsylvania has official closed. With the support of the entire Haverford community, the second grade team raised $7,628.50 for Kimeji Primary School in Tanzania.

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The campaign was kicked off for H2O on World Water Day with a Drop in the Bucket Brigade. The second grade boys lined the walkway as our Middle and Upper School Divisions passed through our gauntlet dropping in coins to help “Make a Change” in the lives of their peers in Africa. Afterward, they visited the classrooms in the Lower School to collect any coins that the Lower School community brought in to support the efforts. The boys took their buckets back to the classrooms and sorted and counted the money in teams. They raised over $700 in one half hour, but as importantly they raised awareness of the global need for clean water throughout the Haverford Community.
     
The boys took their responsibility as global citizens seriously and participated in their own ways. Then on April 20th, 2012, the entire second grade team laced up their sneakers and each team member grabbed two gallon jugs full of water and headed to Sabol Field, our school track, to walk in the shoes of the children from Kimeji Primary and all children who have to walk for a clean drink of water. Later that evening the Haverford Community was invited to attend a Bingo Night hosted by the combined efforts of The Haverford Upper School Service Learning Team and Agnes Irwin, our sister school. $1,140 of our total was raised in that joint effort and generously donated to the second grade class for our Walk for Water Campaign.
      
They not only reached their goal of $5,000 but surpassed it!

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Thank you The Haverford School! Keep up the good work!

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