* UNICEF-assisted projects reinforce the importance of hand washing for children
* Asset Duration: 02 min 17 secs
* Shoot City: Beteng
* Shoot Country: Indonesia
* Shoot Date: 23 Sep 2008
Another typical school day at Beteng Elementary in Central Java… home to some 150 students.
Although this is just a small school in the Java countryside it manages to provide creative learning techniques to the children and today they are learning life saving lesson in hygiene.
This sixth grade class is learning all about hand washing.
12-year-old Dwi explains how germs can make you sick and how you can end up with a nasty stomach bug or worse if you don’t wash your hands. Globally some 2 million children die each year from diseases spread by hands. And just a few months ago it wasn’t so easy for these children to actually do what they were taught.
The school did not have running water or sufficient washrooms…
UNICEF with support from local government is working with schools to install proper sanitation facilities.
SB (English): Siti Nurnafiah, Principal: Since we got these facilities the number of children getting sick has fallen…..
This part of central java is very dry and just getting to water let alone running water is not easy. So the program includes the building of rainwater catchment systems in local communities.
SB (English) Claire Quilet / UNICEF project officer
The washing community is more on the rainwater catchment harvesting so altogether we make sure people have access to clean water, safe water so they can wash their hands.
For Dwi the benefits of hand washing don’t end once she leaves school… at home Dwi’s family…. now has clean water that she and her twin sisters can enjoy. Clean water that will help ensure their future is a healthier one.