Great news: over the three years we will invest no less than 1 million euros in clean drinking water in and around schools in Ethiopia.
This is a follow-up to our successful project in the same region and we are working with Amref for this again, but this time our French ambassador Castalie also contributes greatly by raising funds among her customers.
By building safe toilets, washbasins and changing rooms, we hope that the absenteeism rate of girls from school will decrease by 50% in the next 2.5 years.
Frank van der Tang, co-founder MADE BLUE
Together with Amref and Castalie, we will provide a total of 35,100 people with clean drinking water, safe sanitation and good hygiene. We do this at twenty schools, but also in the communities around those schools, for example by building kiosks on the outside of those schools, including small shops.
With our program we reach 15,300 girls in the twenty schools. By building safe toilets, washbasins and changing rooms, we hope that the absenteeism rate of girls from school will decrease by 50% in the next 2.5 years.
With the lessons learned over the past four years, the new ‘WASH at and around school’ program focuses on building water kiosks in schools. During school hours, the kiosks provide safe and hygienic sanitary facilities. The facilities are run by local micro-entrepreneurs and are also open to community members: toilet and shower use and the sale of sanitary items for a small fee. The proceeds are used to maintain and expand local facilities and to guarantee a permanent income for the facility managers.
This new project will run for the next three years, from now until December 2023, and we opt for an integrated approach:
We will keep you informed in the near future!