Water and Sanitation Project with support from GOAL

Safe water and sanitation facility are basic right of every human being. Water borne diseases are considered as one of the world’s greatest killer diseases, but most easily preventable by adopting safe water and sanitation use. Out of nearly 60000 schools in the state, more than 60% of them do not have adequate safe drinking water or toilet facilities. In cases where the toilet exists it often does not function due to lack of water supply. Lack of access to sanitation and drinking water across schools in Kolkata and in districts has been accepted as one of the primary contributors to the problem of the high drop out rate among children who are enrolled into formal schools.

While interacting with various school authorities, teachers’ groups, municipal bodies and local level NGOs it was revealed that better Water and Sanitation facilities in many schools are dire necessities. Keeping this fact in mind and to encourage retention in schools, CLPOA initiated Water & Sanitation project in schools with support from GOAL- India in 2005.

Total No. of Schools Covered (Year wise):

  • 2005 – 25 schools of Kolkata
  • 2006 – 50 schools of Howrah, Nadia, 24 Pgs (S) & 24 Pgs (N), Hooghly.
  • 2007 – 300 schools of Howrah, Nadia, 24 Pgs (S) & 24 Pgs (N), Hooghly.
  • 2008 – 7 schools of Kolkata Port Area
  • 2009 – 46 schools of Howrah, 24 Pgs (S) & 24 Pgs (N)
  • 2010 – 45 schools of  Howrah and 24 Pgs (S)
  • 2011 – 60 schools of Kolkata, Howrah and 24 Pgs
  • 2012 –  30 schools of Kolkata and Howrah
  • 2013 – 12 schools of Kolkata
  • 575  schools have been covered till 2013.

    Programmes undertaken :

  • Provision of WATSAN hardware
  • - construction of toilet blocks
    - construction of drinking water facilities
    - construction of general development

  • Provision of WATSAN software
  • - Creating Awareness on the benefits of personal health, hygiene and clean drinking water
    - Operational Maintenance of assets created
    - Training of teachers and students for promotion of health and hygiene practices
    - Workshop for development of IEC materials