we covered close to 55,000 children in school and in communities through sessions on Health &  Hygiene

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  • Raising awareness and educating children in schools and in communities about personal hygiene, sanitation, cleanliness, and the environment with the goal of promoting positive behavioural changes

Sessions on Health & Hygiene

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PCVC has been working for the rights of children across the slum communities in Mumbai since 2001. One of the most glaring observations in these slums has been the low standards of hygiene and sanitation, making residents susceptible to all kinds of illnesses and diseases. This, in turn, affects the productivity of the workforce and the development of the children. These appalling conditions that children live in are a serious violation of their right to a safe and healthy childhood. Initial surveys carried out by us revealed startling results (see below), and, therefore, we designed a scalable program that would educate thousands of children about personal hygiene, sanitation and cleanliness.

The idea was to use the Municipal schools in communities as a hub through which a larger message on personal hygiene and sanitation education could be spread across the most vulnerable slum pockets. The focus is on inculcating proper hygiene habits in the children in order to bring about a positive change in their general health and well-being

Key findings of the baseline study in the schools and communities (Mumbai):

  • 91% of schools have no access to a doctor in case of an emergency
  • Schools in wards M/E and L face acute water shortage problems
  • 65% of toilets in schools do not have soap and water for hand washing
  • 83% of children and almost the same percentage of adults use Public Toilets in communities
  • More than 80% of the children in these schools are addicted to junk food
  • Majority of the communities face problems in terms of water supply, clean toilets and proper infrastructure

3 point agenda:

  • Increase awareness on positive personal hygiene and sanitation habits among children
  • Initiate community participation on the issue of personal hygiene and community health
  • Build capacity of staff and the school administration to deal with issues relating to health and hygiene in a proper manner