In rural areas of Cote d’Ivoire, only 68 percent of people have access to safe drinking water and adequate latrines. When communities lack latrines and safe sanitation practices, the risk of contaminated drinking water and hygiene-related illnesses dramatically increases. This is especially true for children under the age of five.
In 2016 LDS Charities partnered with UNICEF USA to support improved water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in Odienne, Cote d’Ivoire. The objective of UNICEF WASH programs is to improve the survival, protection, and development of children as well as promote behavioral changes. This project specifically focuses on improving sanitation and hygiene in schools.
The project increases access to clean water and safe sanitation for 2,000 students in nine schools. It includes constructing nine new boreholes and 40 wash stations for children to wash their hands with soap. In addition, the project includes training school staff members on implementing a hygiene and sanitation curriculum and instructing students and staff members on managing WASH facilities.
Construction began January 2016 and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2017. UNICEF Cote D’Ivoire will continue to monitor and evaluate the project until the end of the year.
The goal is to significantly reduce hygiene-related diseases and increase student attendance and learning at school. As children acquire good hygiene practices at school, they can be agents of change and promote these practices within their own homes and communities.
*Photo Credit:©UNICEF Cote d’Ivoire