World Vision donates hand washing facilities, hygiene kits to schools
World Vision recently turned over hand washing facilities to two public elementary schools in Camarines Norte to promote cleanliness and proper hygiene among students.
“These schools have easy access to clean water. However, they don’t have proper hand washing facilities for their students. The school officials had once expressed their need for a hand washing facility for the students. With God’s blessing and support from sponsors, World Vision was able to raise funds that would support the construction of new hand washing facilities,” said Rueland Mark Marapao, World Vision Program Team Leader in Camarines Norte.
The hand washing facilities is World Vision’s support to the Department of Education’s WASH in School (WINS) program that aims to ensure healthy learning environments that support students’ rights to health and education.
Based on UNICEF data, “Poor WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) conditions lead to diarrhea, one of the major causes of deaths among children below five years old. Long-term exposure to unsanitary environments can also cause stunting, leading to very poor educational outcomes. Intestinal worm infection rates in the Philippines go up to as high as 67 per cent—higher than most countries in Southeast Asia.”
Aside from hand washing facilities, World Vision also donated hygiene items from Procter and Gamble to nearly 3,000 students.
“One’s health starts when we properly clean our body especially our hands. We should wash our hands before we eat and after going to the wash room. We should use soap, clean water and towel to dry our hands,” Venus Grecia, World Vision’s Health and Nutrition Specialist, reminded the students.World Vision/November 24, 2017