WinS is a national project being taken up by Rotary to support the Union government's Swacch Bharat, Swacch Vidyalaya (Clean India, Clean Schools) campaign. UNICEF is providing technical aid for the programme. WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) is a UNICEF campaign that aims at sustained access to safe water and sanitation services and improved hygiene.
A survey on health and hygiene status in schools of India found out that-
• Only 95% schools have drinking water facilities
• Only 51% of the schools have a designated hand washing space.
• Only 12% of schools have soap/detergent available at the hand washing space.
• 49% of the students wash their hands using only water.
• 32% of the children wash hands with soap before eating.
• There are over 4,00,000 schools either without toilets or dysfunctional toilets
Rotary in India is undertaking WASH program in 10000 government schools. We know that fulfilling every child's right to water, sanitation, hygiene and education remains a major challenge in India. Although our Union and State governments have made great strides over the years towards safeguarding the wellbeing of children, there are millions of children in our country who have no access to drinking water, sanitation facilities and hygiene education. The sustainable WinS (WASH in Schools) program launched by Rotary with the support of UNICEF is intended to improve health, foster learning and enable children to participate as agents of change for their siblings, their parents and the community at large. Rotary in India will have a role in making sure that every child receives the benefits of WASH in Schools.
The Seven Essential Elements of WinS are-
1. Potable drinking water
3. Daily Group Hand washing with soap
4. Operation & Maintenance
5. Menstrual Hygiene
6. Behaviour Change Activities
7. Capacity Building
We in 3240 have plans to do this project in 200 schools during 16-17. Rotary has partnered with World vision India and they would match our resources in the ration of 1:1. So, although we have budgeted for 100 schools but it will lead to 200 with world vision India.