The Global Program for Clean Water 

WaterAid and the H&M Foundation have partnered for the three-year, SEK 60 million Global Program for Clean Water which aims to provide sanitation, water and hygiene promotion in schools, with a view to improving health and education and transforming children’s futures.

 

Today, 650 million people globally live without safe water, and 2.3 billion don’t have adequate sanitation. But when water, sanitation and hygiene education is improved in schools, better health brings improved attendance and it creates a better learning environment that enhances performance. Gender equality is improved, since girls do not need to drop out of school or attend sporadically when they have their periods and there are no toilets available. 

WaterAid and the H&M Foundation have partnered for the three-year, SEK 60 million Global Program for Clean Water which aims to provide sanitation, water and hygiene promotion in schools, with a view to improving health and education and transforming children’s futures. The partnership is working to give 250,000 children globally access to clean water and sanitation in schools by 2017. One of the areas supported by the Global Program is Thatta. 

With funding from H&M Foundation, WaterAid and local NGO National Rural Support Program (NRSP) is facilitating the construction of safe drinking water points and toilets at schools in Thatta. These blocks are resistant to both saline erosion and flooding, and will support higher student attendance, especially among girls, by ensuring adequate sanitation facilities including at the time of their periods. 

The Global Program is also helping to build the capacity of students and teachers through working closely with governments at local, regional and national levels. It will engage with decision makers to drive change and ensure that water, sanitation and hygiene in schools are integrated into education plans.