WASH Lesson: The Importance of Bins

– By Junior Seraphin, WASH Training Coordinator, PWW Haiti

An unhealthy school environment can significantly reduce school attendance rates. Among the diseases that affect children, the most important are intestinal infections and diarrhea. The promotion of good hygiene practices at home and at school are the most effective and economical means of preventing these diseases in a sustainable way.

The state of health of students is a major component of their wellbeing. As such, it is necessary to help young people develop knowledge and behaviors that are favorable to their good health. School is the best place for this.

At Adelphos School in Limonade, Haiti, during an environmental hygiene training, students gain an understanding about the importance of waste management. They all agreed to take responsibility by cleaning up the school environment, starting by sorting the waste using these color-coded bins.