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Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day (GHD) is an international campaign that aims to raise awareness and understanding on the importance of handwashing with clean water and soap as a cost-effective way to prevent communicable diseases.  It is globally celebrated every October 15. 

Manila Water Foundation (MWF) has celebrated GHD for the past 6 years and each year, MWF brings together corporate, government and non-government and socio-civic organizations as partners in bringing the story to the public and targeted audiences of how important handwashing is to good health.




MWF celebrates GHD nationwide in schools and communities for the whole month of October.  It holds interactive and hands-on lectures, story-telling activities and educational games.


Manila Water Foundation has celebrated Global Handwashing Day since 2013 and were held in the following institutions:

Sitio Monicayo  Mabalacat City, Pampanga
Mariano Marcos Memorial High School Sta. Ana, Manila
Barangay Sapang Uwak Porac, Pampanga
Kidzania Manila Taguig City
Mauaque Resettlement High Mabalacat, Pampanga
School Jose F. Diaz Stadium  San Mateo, Rizal
Don Jose National High School  Sta. Rosa, Laguna
Ayala Center Cebu
Abreeza Mall Davao
Mind Museum  Taguig City
Pulong Sta. Cruz Elementary School Sta. Rosa, Laguna
Northville 16 Elementary School Mabalacat, Pampanga
Pinyahan Elementary School Diliman, Quezon City
Barangay Ampid 1 San Mateo, Rizal
Enchanted Kingdom Santa Rosa, Laguna
Ati Community Boracay Island, Aklan
Market Market Taguig City
Lugam Elementary School Malolos, Bulacan
Mind Museum  Taguig City
Balara Elementary School Quezon City
Don Ricardo Britz Elementary School Tagum City, Davao del Norte
Abreeza Mall Davao City, Davao del Sur
D'Mall Boracay Island, Aklan
Don Bosco Technical College (Elementary School) Mandaluyong City
Quezon City Hall Quezon City
Marquee Mall Angeles, Pampanga
Mabalacat Elementary School Mabalacat, Pampanga
Solenad Santa Rosa, Laguna
Barangay Langkiwa Binan City, Laguna
Maximo Estrella Elementary School Makati City
Francisco Benitez Elementary School-Main Makati City
Nicanor Garcia Elementary School Makati City
Jose Magsaysay Elementary School Makati City
Sta. Cruz Elementary School Antipolo City, Rizal
UP Town Center Quezon City
Ayala Center Cebu Cebu
Market Market Taguig City
Rosario Ocampo Elementary School Taytay, Rizal
Glorietta Makati City
Department of Education Antipolo Antipolo City, Rizal
Department of Education Marikina Marikina City
Fortune Elementary School Marikina City
Malayan College Laguna Cabuyao, Laguna
Barangay Loyola Heights Quezon City


The GHD celebrations in 2016 alone reached 73, 970 attendees. In 2017, a total of since 2016 had a total of 4,720 attendees composed of students, parents, teachers, school staff and community residents.



While the events were held in different schools and establishments in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, IEC (Information, Education and Communication) materials were distributed on a national scale through different media outfits – print broadsheets, infomercials inside cinemas, digital and traditional bulletin boards along major highways and inside commercial malls and social media.



In 2018, Manila Water Foundation’s GHD campaign reached a total of 4.6 million people.