World Vision and Metrobank Foundation turn over hand washing and drinking facility project
Kidapawan City — More than 650 students from two schools in Kidapawan City will benefit from the hand washing and drinking facilities turned over by World Vision, in partnership with Metrobank Foundation, last May 29, 2017.
Rhodora Dano, school principal, said the project is timely as the academic communities are looking forward to celebrating nutrition month this July. Dano recognizes that poor sanitation and hygiene may cause undernutrition among students. According to the World Health Organization, malnutrition is associated with repeated diarrhoea as a direct result of inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene.
“The hand washing and drinking facility will allow us to better instill proper hygiene among our students. We’re also happy that the children, even teachers, will now have an access to safe drinking water,” she adds.
For Natalie, a 9-year old student, the project is a blessing. The facility in their school has not been working for a long time now. They either save the drinking water they brought from home to sustain them for the whole day or they would have to knock on few classrooms that have faucets just to get more drinking water. School authorities, including parents, tried to find ways to finance the school’s common drinking facility but resources were not enough. Majority of the students enrolled in the school belong to underprivileged families. Ninety percent (90%) of them are from poor and indigenous families, most of whom belong to the Manobo tribe.
“I am very happy to have this project in our school. I will encourage my school mates to take good care of this facility so that more children can still access it,” she says.—World Vision/July 12, 2017