Feeling Good in India

It is a known fact that children learn and absorb knowledge better than adults. Because of this, the ASOMI WSH Project, a partner of Water.org’s, initiated the Children Health Club Programme to teach good hygiene practices to rural school children.

The children take the concepts and practices they learn in school back to their families, especially to their siblings. As a result, ASOMI’s Health Club initiative is developing the students into agents of change for both their families and the communities where they live.

The club has taught the students that providing safe drinking water is only part of the equation and that solutions can become ineffective in the absence of improved sanitation. They have also learned that the ways by which water is collected can also impact its quality. The students now understand that it is important to make sure that the area around the water source is free from things like animal waste and trash to prevent contamination.

While discussing the progress of the health clubs in the schools, we interviewed many students who shared that being from rural background, they (and their parents) were not very aware of good hygiene practices. They had experienced continuous illness within their families, which they now attribute to unhygienic conditions and the absence of good hygiene practices among their family members. After being trained on various issues related to water health and hygiene practices, the children have learned many things that have helped them to change their hygiene behavior gradually. And now, they feel healthier than before.

This success story was submitted by Water.org’s partner organization ASOMI, and was made possible by a generous grant from the PepsiCo Foundation.

Capital: New Delhi
Population of 1.2 billion
77 million lack access to safe water
769 million lack access to improved sanitation
59% of the total population lives on less than US$2 per day