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Press Release for WASH Day at Sta. Ana Elementary School


Celebrating WASH Day at Sta. Ana Elementary School
Sta. Ana, Manila

July 8, 2011, Sta. Ana Elementary School, Sta. Ana, Manila
8:00 a.m.
On Friday, July 8, 2011, Sta. Ana Elementary School (SAES) will have its first WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) Day.  This event marks the culmination of the USAID-Rotary Pasig River Improvement Project’s efforts to improve health and sanitation in Sta. Ana by promoting proper handwashing with soap. 

Handwashing with clean water and soap is the single most cost-effective health intervention to prevent diarrheal and acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children in developing countries every year.  According to a study conducted by UNICEF, a $3.35 investment in handwashing brings the same health benefits as an $11.00 investment in latrine construction, a $200.00 investment in household water supply, and an investment of thousands of U.S. dollars in immunization.

As part of the USAID-Rotary Project’s Community Sanitation Initiative, over Php475,000  has been spent to address the school’s water supply issues and repair sinks and toilets.  Additionally, the school will receive hygiene kits for each student in addition to a year’s supply of liquid soap for all the rehabilitated restrooms.  The project also facilitated the passage of a barangay ordinance requiring soap in all public restrooms in Barangay 876. 

WASH Day will include the following guests: Deputy Mayor of Manila Joey L. Silva, Rotary International District 3810 District Governor Ernie Y. Choa, members of the Rotary Club of Manila Sta. Ana, headed by CmP Eric Candidator as the Lead Club for District 3810 and Chief of Party of the USAID Philippine Sanitation Alliance Lisa K. Lumbao, among many others.

For more information, please contact: 

Ms. Joy Munsayac
Program Manager
Lola Grande Foundation
St. Peter Baptist Hall, 2nd Floor
Lamayan St., corner Calderon St.
Sta. Ana, Manila
Landline: 02-387-5451
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