Let Kids Learn

Bringing WASH to classrooms, turning a cycle of poor health, interrupted learning and gender inequity into a cycle of opportunity.

Poor water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) lead to poor health. Poor health keeps kids out of school, and when kids miss class, they can’t learn. FHI 360 and CARE, in partnership with USAID and the Ministry of Education in Zambia, are bringing WASH to classrooms, turning a cycle of poor health, interrupted learning and gender inequity into a cycle of opportunity.

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Clean water, adequate sanitation and proper hygiene require appropriate facilities and an awareness of good practices. SPLASH is a five-year project started in 2011 funded by USAID Zambia to reach more than 240,300 primary school pupils in three districts of the Eastern Province (Chipata, Lundazi, Mambwe and Chadiza). SPLASH aims to improve pupils’ health, learning and performance by increasing their access to safe water and adequate sanitation and improving their hygiene and health practices at school and at home

Through the SPLASH partnership under WASHplus, CARE International supports the construction of boreholes and sanitation facilities, while FHI 360 supports teacher training and curriculum development. Local ministries, nongovernmental organizations and communities take it from there.


Theresa J.V. Ngoma, District Education Board Secretary, Mambwe


Patricia Mitti Mazonga, Head Teacher, Mambwe


Margaret Phiri Mapata, District Resource Center Coordinator, Chipata


A solid infrastructure provides a foundation for lifelong healthy habits to take root. Schools form WASH clubs for students and WASH committees for parents and community members.

Manda Esaya E., Teacher, School WASH Coordinator, Lundazi


WASH clubs and committees engage students and community members through skits, songs, dances, poems and prayer.

Jennifer Jere, WASH Club member, Mambwe


Good menstrual hygiene management is critical to keeping girls in school all month long. Equipped with new washrooms for girls, the schools have also taken steps to prevent teasing and ensure a comfortable environment for menstruating students.

Solomon Mwanza, Head Teacher, Lundazi


Small doable actions are simple steps that people can take to improve WASH.

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Celebrating Menstrual Hygiene Day in Zambia

Pad making materials and the MHM Toolbox on display at Menstrual Hygiene Day in Lusaka.

On May 28, the SPLASH (Schools Promoting Learning Achievement through Sanitation and Hygiene) project celebrated Menstrual Hygiene Day at Kabulonga Girls’ Secondary School in Lusaka, Zambia, where private sector donors Yash Pharmaceuticals and Pharmanova Zambia distributed menstrual hygiene kits to 125 pupils, consisting of sanitary pads and cleaning products.

USAID/Zambia’s Mission Director Dr. Susan Brems provided the event keynote address and told girls in the audience, “I hope you view your monthly period as an expression of your womanhood and your special gift in bearing future life. I hope you take your menstruation in stride as a normal part of life. I hope you do not use it as an excuse to avoid your studies or other duties. In short, I hope you show up for life and love your life as a woman.”

More photos from the MH Celebration in Zambia can be viewed here.


Menstrual Hygiene Management Mini-Toolbox for Teachers and Schools in Zambia

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Menstrual Hygiene Management or MHM is an important component of a “WASH Friendly School”. As it is a new concept in schools, the SPLASH project is offering various kinds of support to teachers to help set up MHM programs and facilities to help keep girls and female teachers in school. SPLASH stands for Schools Promoting Learning Achievement through Sanitation and Hygiene. SPLASH recently developed a toolkit “Menstrual Hygiene Management Mini-Toolbox for Teachers and Schools in Zambia” designed to help classroom and guidance teachers, SHN coordinators, and other school personnel in Zambian primary schools who are carrying out menstrual hygiene management (MHM) programs or activities in their school. It contains a set of basic documents such as a checklist for schools, a visual aid of the female reproductive system that can be used for teaching pupils or other teachers about the science of menstruation, and sanitary towel (pad) patterns that could be easily made by girls themselves. As MHM gets more established in schools, more and better tools will be developed and added to the toolkit (which should be considered a “work in progress”).


ATMS Dispense Drinking Water in New Delhi

India’s population is 1 billion plus and counting. Only a quarter of its people can access drinking water at home or at their premises according to UNICEF. The rest scramble to get drinking water from wherever they can. People, mostly women, line up for hours to collect water for their families. To mitigate this problem, the city of New Delhi, India’s capital, is banking on a new solution – ATMS that dispense water. Are water ATMs the solution for quenching urban India’s thirst?

Video: CNN