WASH - water, sanitation and hygiene

In Tanzania, less than 10% of all schools have functioning hand washing facilities to enable children to maintain their personal hygiene. Only 38% of schools have an adequate number of latrines, and only 20% of schools have a water supply within the school premises. Due to a lack of education and poor toilet facilities school children in these regions face health risks from preventable illnesses such as diarrhoea, worms and urinary infections. Raleigh school water, sanitation and hygiene (SWASH) projects work towards creating access to toilet and washing facilities to reduce these illnesses, which ultimately saves lives. 

Parallel to constructing toilet and washing facilities, Raleigh groups teach WASH and MHM (menstrual hygiene) lessons. Volunteers also set up SWASH clubs for children aged between 10-14 where members are responsible for educating other school children. Members of the SWASH club also take home what they learn to their families, to spread their knowledge into the community. I photographed 8 WASH projects throughout Tanzania in various stages of completion, from the early stages of a project where the bricks are being made in Mkindo, to a completed project in Mwaya where the toilet blocks are now being used by the children at the school. I also photographed action days and meetings, where volunteers would mobilise the community to assist with the project, whilst teaching them safe hygiene practices.