Sustaining and Scaling School Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Plus Community Impact, the SWASH+ project, is a five-year applied research project to identify, develop, and test innovative approaches to school-based water, sanitation and hygiene in Nyanza Province, Kenya. The partners that form the SWASH+ consortium are CARE , Emory University , the Great Lakes University of Kisumu , the Government of Kenya , and Water.org . SWASH+ is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Global Water Challenge .
Since September 2006, SWASH+ has worked in 185 primary schools in four districts in Nyanza Province, gathering data, learning about challenges and testing solutions for school water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
SWASH+ Kenya: boy in sandals near watering placeRead more
SWASH+ Kenya: schoolchildren around the CARE water tank
Schoolchildren around the water tank provided by CARE.Read more
SWASH+ Kenya: waterguard and other bottlesRead more
SWASH+ Kenya: school toilet blockRead more
SWASH+ Kenya: using the CARE water tank
Using the water tank provided by CARE.Read more
SWASH+ Kenya: CARE tankRead more
SWASH+ is an action-research and advocacy project focused on increasing the scale, impact and sustainability of school water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions in Kenya. Since September 2006, SWASH+ has worked in 185 primary schools in four districts in Nyanza Province, Kenya to identify challenges and analyse innovative solutions for sustaining school WASH. The project’s randomized controlled trials and numerous sub-studies have resulted in a compendium of journal articles, research reports, one-page research summaries, stories from the field, photo essays and videos now available on this website.
Power point presentation on the findings of the SWASH+ project; on what was learned as far as validating (or invalidating) some of the common assumptions around school WASH and trying to answer some of the more perplexing questions.
This section contains background information and highlights from the SWASH+ project:
- About the SWASH+ project
- What we learned
- Key achievements
- Main messages
- Top 10 research findings
- Lessons from the process
Key findings from the SWASH+ project:
This folder contains the SWASH+ documents by category:
- SWASH+ at a glance
- Measuring impact
- Measuring sustainability
- Reaching scale
- Technology and infrastructure
- Monitoring evaluation
- Process documentation
- Journal publications
Stories from the SWASH+ project:
- All the difference: how water, sanitation and hygiene in a school changed one girl’s life
- Boys and male teachers play a role in helping girls manage menstruation
- Sophia’s struggle
- The number one priority
Videos compiled by CARE for the SWASH+ project:
- Thinking big: Using school water, sanitation and hygiene for nation-wide change
- Getting parents involved in monitoring water, sanitation and hygiene services at schools
- Maintaining school water, sanitation, and hygiene services
Photo essays created for the SWASH+ programme on topics which arose during the project period:
- Anal cleansing in rural Kenyan schools
- Clean water access for students
- The plight of school WASH in rural Kenya
- Bringing safe water to Kenya's schools
- Schools get resourceful
- School handwashing: barriers and benefits
- Pupil power: student action brings WASH-changes
This webinar, held in December 2012, explored how national policy is influenced by the work of UNICEF in India and SWASH+ in Kenya. Combining these experiences, the webinar aimed to do three things:
- examine how UNICEF India supports the Indian government in identifying and overcoming obstacles that prevent the achievement of sustainable WASH in Schools
- explore how the SWASH+ research helped change the national policy on school WASH in Kenya
- provide insights into how best to track progress and results.
The presenters were: Brooks Keene and Jason Oyugi from CARE and Mamita Bora Thakkar from UNICEF India.
From the borehole to the pond and back again
Rehabilitation of one primary school borehole has been successful but many others still depend on unreliable water.
Burungu is a rural primary school in Karambi Sub County of Kabarole district in Uganda with a population of over 420 pupils. Water is an absolute necessity for both the teachers and children. It is recommended that each pupil accesses at least 5 litres per day. However, the nearest source – a borehole just about 400 metres away from the school – cannot be relied upon. It breaks down frequently.
- Resources from Exploring how to address on-going taboos and silence around MHM for girls in school
- Recent WASH research
- 12th SuSanA Thematic Discussion: “Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Schools – A neglected issue”
- A WASH in Schools bibliography
- Recently published handwashing studies
- Changing behaviours: there is no quick fix!