Project Implementation: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) through Schools under Dettol – Banega Swachh India Campaign in the selected schools of Jaipur, Ajmer and Jhalawar districts in Rajasthan- Reckitt Benckiser and Learning Links Foundation
According to the UNICEF, water-borne diseases such as diarrhea and respiratory infections are the number one cause for child deaths in India. Recent studies shows that poor hygiene is one of the major causes for the malnutrition and about 48 per cent of children are suffering from some degree of malnutrition in India. Hand washing with soap, particularly after contact with excreta, can reduce diarrheal diseases by over 40 per cent and respiratory infections by 30 per cent. Children spend their most valuable time in school. Schools provide an excellent opportunity for children and parents to learn about healthy hygiene practices . Involvement of schools in WASH program is envisaged as one of the key strategies for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Realizing the above, RB launched the initiative on improving knowledge, attitude and practices of school children on Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) as part of “Dettol Banega Swachh India” campaign, so as to improve health and overall wellbeing of children.
Learning Link Foundation with the support of TRIOs Development Support (P) Ltd is implementing the project on “WASH Program in Schools” under “Dettol Banega Swachh India” campaign in the selected schools in Rajasthan. This project covers selected schools from Jaipur, Ajmer and Jhalawar districts.
The project in its third year of implementation would focus on sustainability aspects of the model of behavior change as well as scaling up of the initiative to more blocks/districts in the state of Rajasthan. The triple phase cyclic model has been conceptualized for planning and implementing the project, based on the approaches leading to sustainable impact.
As per the framework, each school considered under the project should pass through three years project cycle. In the first year, capacity building related activities will be implemented in the new schools that are added to the project coverage followed by handholding and monitoring activities in second year. The third year of implementation would focus on putting in place systems for sustainability, project exit strategy and documentation under the model so that it could be replicated in similar setting elsewhere for wider impacts.