WASH and Learn! – a partnership beyond boundaries

Updated - Thursday 05 April 2018

The key objectives of the programme are: providing access to WASH services in schools and communities; ensuring sustainability of the WASH services; facilitate learning and innovation with the local partners.

Innovations

WASH & Learn! is looking towards innovations in the field of WASH in Schools that can help make the programme more effective and the services provided within the programme more sustainable.

The following three innovations are being tried and tested:

  • Prepaid water meters - The prepaid meter at a water point managed by a local entrepreneur or the community water management committees or a private entity gives the benefit of sustainable operation and maintenance of the water facilities: more funds are collected at water point level to cover the operation and maintenance costs.
  • Water vending machine - The water vending machine offers a public private option for water resource management. It takes water fund collection, water supply and facility supervision to a level that eliminates water source breakdown and creates a transparent platform for commercializing water supply at an affordable rate beneficial to the community and profitable to the private partners in the long run. The infrastructure includes sensors that monitor the water supply and provide real-time insight via an online dashboard.
  • Reusable Pads/ Menstrual Hygiene Management Trainings - Reusable menstrual pads are one of the most affordable and sustainable options for managing the menstrual flow among school-going girls and women in the communities. Through the trainings conducted on menstrual hygiene, partner organisations have not only been able to increase the number of girls/women to get access to menstrual pads but also demystify the gender barriers that rendered menstruation a taboo and given insight into menstrual cramp management, menstrual waste handling as well as raising personal hygiene awareness.

Factsheet

The 4-page factsheet contains more information on the programme, so take a look at the document.