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Thursday, October 15, 2015
Announcing our WASH Program to Honor Global Handwashing Day!
Katy Morris

Happy Global Handwashing Day!

According to UNICEF, 1,400 children under the age of five still die every day from diarrhoeal diseases which is often a direct result of lack of safe water, sanitation and basic hygiene.

We’re soap-er (sorry, couldn’t help it) excited to announce we have launched our first ever WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) Program to be implemented in all of our seven Preschool Nutrition Centers as well as eight additional public elementary schools in the Lake Atitlán region. 

Although we have been conducting ongoing lessons and workshops regarding basic hygienic practices for our preschoolers and their families, as well as provided water filtration systems and water filters for clean drinking and washing water while at school, we’re so excited to have received a grant from the Rotary Club of Hingham and Hull to expand our reach to additional public schools in rural villages.  

Alejandrina, our Guatemalan WASH Program Coordinator, has identified and is meeting with committees from each of the 15 schools and is implementing the plan to begin the new workshops and install water filtration systems in various schools for the 2016 school year. 

She is also working directly with the schools to discuss how they would like to develop the program, and will be tailoring the curriculum and cadence of workshops according to the school’s needs.

Photo Credit: Brendan James 

This program is actually moving forward in a way that is very trendy in sustainable community development – in fact, WASH is highly supported by the United Nations and is part of the revised Sustainable Development Goals agenda, aimed at eradicating poverty and improving health and education outcomes in children by 2030. We're proud to be a part of it! 

Stay tuned for more updates as the program evolves! For more information in the meantime, contact erica@mayanfamilies.org.



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