Safe drinking water and hygienic sanitation are necessary for the survival and development of children and youth as well as the economic well-being of their families and communities.
To enable girls, boys and families from hard to reach groups and settings to gain access to sustainable, safe drinking water and improved sanitation, and to bring about sustained improvements in personal hygiene in households and critical community and institutional settings while safeguarding the environment.
- Sanitation: Plan International is recognized as a leading organization in the implementation of Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS). The CLTS approach empowers communities to take collective action and mobilizes to eliminate open defecation and encourages use of locally available and affordable resources so that community members can build their own facilities without outside assistance.
- Hygiene: Hygiene is promoted through a variety of methods for behaviour change and is influenced by the child-centred community development approach. Working with children and their communities to promote behaviour change through child-to-child approaches encourages children and youth take on a strong role in influencing their peers and families at home to adopt positive hygiene behaviours.
- Safe drinking water: Provision of safe water to schools and communities is supported through appropriate technology and participation of children and communities.
Collecting water is a task that is usually the responsibility of women and children, and Plan International is building taps close to homes so that children have more time to study and to play and they no longer have to make frequent, and sometimes dangerous journeys to collect water.
Our Water and Sanitation teams have created hygiene clubs in schools where students have learnt the importance of washing their hands - one of the most simple things they can do to stay healthy and avoid the spread of preventable diseases.
We are also building and renovating toilets in schools so they are child-friendly, provide privacy and encourage children, especially girls to stay at school.
Plan International is working with governments, partners and communities to make homes and schools more healthy places for all children.
Achievement in numbers
- Almost 8.8 million people (Indonesia, Pakistan and Nepal) have been able to live in open-defacation free communities.
- 1.2 million adults and children in 2,008 villages have been reached through hygiene promotion activities.
- 100,000 boys and girls have benefited from improved WASH facilities in 1,022 schools supported by Plan International India.
- Sanitation access increased from 20% to 83% in areas supported by Plan International Timor Leste.
- Through partnership and advocacy, Plan International Bangladesh supported 101 Union Parishads (Local Government Institutions) to strengthen its WASH governance by regularly allocating budget for sanitation interventions managed by trained community-based committees.
Impact of our work
- Declaration of Open-defacation free village in Indonesia
- CocaCola India: Water and Sanitation work in schools and communities
- Community-led Total Sanitation in Cambodia
- Sanitation Marketing: Supply and demand for improved sanitation
- Pakistan: Asim Saleem, National WASH Program Manager
- Indonesia: Wahyu Triwahyudi, National WASH Advisor
- Nepal: Nabin Pradhan, National WASH Coordinator, Plan International Nepal
- India: RK Srinivasan, WASH Manager
- Timor Leste: John McGown, Senior WASH Advisor
- Bangladesh: Zillur Rahman, WASH Program Head
- Cambodia: Hang Hybunna, WASH Specialist