20 Schools in Antipolo City, Rizal now have handwashing facilities through the collaboration of Manila Water Foundation and soap brand Safeguard.
"Dati po kasi, nag-iigib pa po kami kaya po napapagod din. 'Yung iba po sa CR [naghuhugas ng mga kamay], tapos minsan po ‘yung iba hindi na po nakakapaghugas (Before, my classmates and I used to fetch water and it is tiring. That is why, others only wash their hands in the bathroom, or sometimes, don’t wash their hands at all)," said Hanna Faye, pupil of Bagong Nayon II Elementary School.
Hanna Faye is only one among the thousands of pupils who did not have access to handwashing facilities in schools. With pupils like Hanna Faye in mind, Manila Water Foundation partnered with soap brand Safeguard to build handwashing facilities in 20 schools in Antipolo City, Rizal.
WASH in Schools
Manila Water Foundation’s Lingap Eskwela and Safeguard Philippines’ Linis Lusog Kabataan is aligned with the Department of Education (DepEd)’s call for Water Access, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools (WinS). DepEd’s WinS program aims to promote proper hygiene and sanitation practices among school children through effective hygiene and sanitation projects such as improving access to safe water, adequate toilets, and hand washing facilities and engagement with public and private partners for program implementation and sustainability, among others.
"Masaya po kasi kami po 'yung isang napili dito sa paaralang ito, pwede po ito makatulong sa mga batang katulad ko. Pwede rin po naman sa mga teacher (I am happy that our school was chosen. This is helpful for kids like I am as well as for our teachers)," Allyssa of San Luis Elementary School shared.
Benefitting schools are Bagong Nayon II Elementary School, Bagong Nayon IV Eelementary School, Sta. Cruz Elementary School, Bagong Nayon I Elementary School, Dela Paz Elementary School, Dalig Elementary School, Isaias S. Tapales Elementary School, Nazarene Ville Elementary School, Cupang Elementary School, Peñafrancia Elementary School, Mambugan I Elementary School, Mambugan II Elementary School, Teofila Z. Rovero Elementary School, Peace Village Elementary School, San Luis Elementary School, Juan Sumulong Elementary School, San Isidro Elementary School, Antipolo City SPED Center, Muntindilaw Elementary School, and San Antonio Village Elementary School.
More projects with P&G
Under MWF’s Lingap Eskwela program, Safeguard committed to build 20 Lingap facilities in Antipolo, Rizal with the value of more than P2M. The donation comes with hygiene kits and hygiene education for the school children. On August 23, Manila Water Foundation and Procter and Gamble’s Safeguard Philippines, has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which promises to help public school children fight illnesses by building facilities where they can properly wash their hands with soap, brush their teeth and help maintain their bodies clean. Through this collaboration, the MWF hopes to build a country where all children have access to clean and potable water and practice proper hygiene for a healthy future.
Aside from the projects with Safeguard Philippines, MWF has collaborated with P&G Philippines to bring WASH to schools in Cebu province, Zamboanga City, Davao City and Taguig City.
Watch this video to learn more about Lingap – Linis Lusog Kabataan: