what we do

Having water inside your school, or in your home, is not a reality for millions of people, in Africa, Asia, the Americas and also in Europe. We work with schools and local authorities and through interactive exercises raise awareness of how to protect drinking water sources and ensure menstrual hygiene. We partner with universities and public water providers and support the building of home connections for drinking water supply. We pilot ecological wastewater treatment and school toilets in areas where there is no sewage system.

Water and toilets in your home and in school

Schoolgirls often lack privacy and washing possibilities, so that when they have their period, they will stay home. Millions of girls miss out on 25% of school because of lack of menstrual hygiene. Going to the toilet can often be a perilous activity, when there are only a few holes at the end of the schoolyard, in the snow, in the rain, in a dark corner. Having no water at home and in school is a general cause of illness. Lack of washing spreads diseases. Often the water sources that are there, are not well protected. The water itself is then polluted with bacteria, nitrates and pesticide residues. It is not only having access to water, but to safe water, that is a human right. Knowing how to protect your drinking water source is the first step. Our training program on Water and Sanitation Safety Planning is a step by step assessment in which water providers, school teachers and pupils participate. We teach how to build toilets that are safe, allow menstrual hygiene management and do not pollute the underground drinking water sources. We pilot the reuse of nutrients and wastewater including the use in small-scale biogas. Our activities contribute to achieving the human right to water and sanitation. We therefore share our experience with decision makers in policy processes such as the Protocol on Water and Health and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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