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Mi Escuela Saludable SWASH+

More than 23,000 children from Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala will soon be able to attend schools with better conditions as result of the School Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Education (SWASH+) Program.

At the regional level in Central America, one in four schools does not have adequate potable water access and one in three does not have sufficient, adequate restroom facilities. The percentages are improving however; and more than 23,000 children will soon be able to attend schools with better conditions.

The initiative, which promotes hygiene education and improves school water and sanitation infrastructure, is implemented by the Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) through three of its partners: CARE, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Water for People; with the support of the governments of each country, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Coca-Cola Foundation.

Mi Escuela Saludable SWASH+ focuses on improving hygiene habits, particularly handwashing by students and teachers, and also increases access to safe water and sustainable sanitation in schools and communities. It has been shown that this creates a healthy environment in which dropout and absenteeism rates are improved, disease rates are reduced, and learning capacity is increased through effectively introducing hygiene education messages at the family level.

The institutional and political commitment to education and health of children will facilitate the creation of an adequate environment in which to implement and maintain the program, in addition to taking the initiative to a greater scale to benefit more students throughout the region.

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    Mi Escuela Saludable SWASH+

    More than 23,000 children from Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala will soon be able to attend schools with better conditions as result of the School Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Education (SWASH+) Program.
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Mi Escuela Saludable SWASH+

2010-2011: 150 beneficiary schools (El Salvador: 15; Guatemala: 92; Nicaragua: 43) and 23,825 beneficiary children.

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