Presence of Arsenic above permissible limits in groundwater and lack of sanitation infrastructure in schools took a toll on the health of school children in the 24 North Paraganas district. This project helped improve the water and sanitation in 12 schools in this district. Access to safe drinking water was given to 14,000 students due to the project interventions. Provisions were made to provide well designed sanitation facilities for adolescent girls and women teachers, while significant focus was given to improving menstrual hygiene. These interventions helped reduce student dropout rates and increase attendance, especially among girls.
At the end of the project, there was a prioritization of issues by school committees, who also committed funds for the programme’s operation and maintenance
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