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Central America: SWASH+ program expands to 150 more schools

Photo; Water For People

With new funds from the Inter-American Development Bank and The Coca-Cola Foundation, the SWASH+ program will provide safe drinking water, restroom facilities, and improved hygiene education to over 15,000 more students at 150 schools in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

SWASH+ (School Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Education Plus Community Impact) Central America is a regional of the Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) that is be implemented by the US NGOs Water For People, CARE and Catholic Relief Services. So far the program has provided school sanitation facilities to 17,331 students in 152 schools.

In Guatemala, SWASH+ is targeting 65 additional schools and communities in Guatemala. In each school, the program trains the Parent-Teacher Association and school director to build a water supply system. Training on water treatment is also provided. The community helps to build or renovate school restrooms.

Co-financing from local governments and communities is a key part of SWASH+.

Parents and students also participate in hygiene training that emphasizes the importance of handwashing to prevent disease.

UNICEF, ITT and the Global Water Challenge have also been key supporters of the SWASH+ program.

Related web site: SWASH+

Source: Water for People, 23 Aug 2010

El Salvador – Sanitation is a national priority in 2008

El Salvador’s government is making sanitation a national priority and increasing coverage throughout the country, national aqueduct and sewerage authority Anda sanitation department director Rubén Alemán told BNamericas.

Although sanitation has not been a priority in this country for many years, we are beginning to incorporate it in a nationwide policy,” he said.

“In 2008 we are getting ready to design a national sanitation agenda, based on the country report presented at the first Latin American Sanitation Conference [Latinosan] that took place in Cali, Colombia, in 2007,” he added.

A UN regional report presented at Latinosan found that only 81 of El Salvador’s 262 municipalities have sewerage systems. In addition, only 3% of the country’s wastewater is treated before being discharged into natural waters.

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El Salvador: Sanitation is a national priority in 2008 « WASH news Latin America and Caribbean