Contaminated drinking water, poor sanitation and poor hygiene are an urgent health problem. Together they form the leading cause of preventable diseases, like diarrhoea, that kills 1.5 million children every year.
Many primary schools in developing countries have very poor sanitation. Due to inadequate water supplies, deteriorated or insufficient sanitation facilities and a lack of knowledge about hygiene, many children’s water access is limited to quenching their thirst or washing their hands before meals and after a toilet visit. Girls face special difficulties in hygiene practices during their menstruation. Under these conditions schools become unsafe places where diseases are easily transmitted and the health and academic performance of pupils is affected. Increased absenteeism and school drop-out rates damage the future prospects of young people and their families.
Improve the health situation of primary school children and their families in Kenya and Ghana, by providing access to water and sanitation facilities in combination with education on life skills and proper hygiene behaviour.
- Improved access to water and sanitation facilities;
- Increased awareness about hygiene behaviour.
The Football for Water (F4W) programme is a Public Private Partnership between the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector and the world of football.
This programme uses the power of football to teach boys and girls about life skills related to hand washing, clean drinking water and improved sanitation. The combination of football-based life skills education with integrated WASH solutions improves their living conditions and results in behavioural change.
Simavi’s approach focuses on WASH in schools with community outreach to change the WASH practices of the whole community. The FIETS principles are applied to these activities to achieve sustainable change. Our activities include:
- Establishing WASH infrastructure (hardware) in schools, e.g. gender-specific toilets;
- Implementing Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) in school neighbourhoods;
- Training Community Health Workers (CHWs) to raise awareness of WASH in family homes and via community meetings;
- Organising WASH social infrastructure (software) in terms of governance, establishing school health clubs and the behavioural change programme;
- Training school management committees and subcommittees to maintain WASH facilities;
- Engaging local government partners to ensure they fulfil their roles and responsibilities.
Special attention is placed on the needs of girls in this programme. They are empowered by establishing their participation in football and hygiene training and the construction of gender-friendly sanitation facilities. This enables more girls to go to school and miss fewer classes during menstruation.
In 2015, Simavi has reached the following results on the
three pillars of our Theory of Change:
- 7,574 people (target: 11,402) directly reached with education on WASH;
- 304 members of community groups (target: 440) trained.
- 5 memberships (target: 5) in partners country.
- 1,585 health workers (target: 824) trained.
You can find a complete programme results overview of 2015 here.