School sanitation towards better health and education
Meet Lan, a happy Year 5 student, who could not hide her surprise and joy at being one of the first visitors to the new toilet blocks exclusively designed for the girls at B An Phu Primary School. For the last five years, Lan, her friends, and teachers shared a toilet block with no formal separation for boys and girls. It had no door, no ventilation, and sadly no clean water. Loreto Vietnam worked closely with the local authority and school on a needs assessment and situation analysis and came to the decision to build a new and separate toilet block exclusively for girls and renovate the current block for boys. Safe and clean water systems were installed. Furthermore, health promotion and education modules were delivered to the school’s teachers and students to help them stay away from hygiene-related diseases and inform the community about new ways to ensure COVID-19 prevention.
“All the students are so excited about this new “friend”. I cannot wait to get back home to tell my parents too. It is even more beautiful and cleaner than my family’s. My parents must be happy and jealous!”- Lan
Under the School Sanitation and Health Education Program, Loreto Vietnam has rebuilt and renovated toilet facilities for 48 schools with separate blocks for boys and girls and trained 18,000 students in practical health knowledge and skills. Read more about our program here