Multi-Country Partnership to Tackle Water and Sanitation Challenges in Schools

Project Status: Ongoing; Category: Solution Sourcing; Countries: Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines;

Project Summary

This multi-country initiative by the World Vision International and Kohler Asia Pacific Ltd partnership will improve access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation and good hygiene practices in schools in Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines, impacting 3,000 students and teachers.

Background

Poor access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation facilities and good hygiene practices in school poses significant challenges to child education. On average access to water in schools in Asia Pacific region is as low as 48% and 23% for sanitation (UNICEF/WHO, 2017).

Process

Using a “combinatorial” approach, partners pool resources and assets in creative ways to generate innovative, sustainable solutions. The partnership leverages the core strengths of both Kohler and World Vision in unique ways to bring about better access to water, sanitation and hygiene benefitting 3,000 students and teachers.

Results

Main goals were set for all three countries, targeted to be accomplished in May 2019, building on existing programmes already underway:

Indonesia

- School latrines built (SDK Pisatanaau) and renovated (SDI Niosanggo)
- A water well established in SDI Niosanggo elementary school
- Permanent hand washing facilities established in both schools with nudges and environmental cues to trigger hygiene behaviour
- Permanent trash bins established in both schools
- Hygiene and sanitation media are developed in both schools

Philippines

- Overhead water tank system constructed and installed, providing water supply to drinking water taps
- Overhead water tank system is constructed and installed, providing water supply to hand washing taps and toilets
- Basic training on proper hygiene and sanitation practices delivered for students and parents

Vietnam

- Two clean water systems constructed at Khan Thuong and Mo Rut preschools.

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