Since 2005, IRHA has developed and implemented Blue School infrastructure in 64 schools, over 14 countries. Based on a concept combining rainwater harvesting, multiple use of water, and school gardening, Blue school@IRHA concept has been replicated by other NGOs to benefit the students in many locations.
The objectives of the Blue Schools are :SO1) to contribute to the improvement of access to drinking water and hygiene conditions in schools;
Location: Pokhara region (rural), Partner: Kanchan Nepal
IMPACT: 562 children and staff benefit from access to safe drinking water and toilets through the "Blue School" @IRHA Label.
Location: Potosi Region, Partner: Sumaj Punchay
IMPACT: 1,680 children and teachers in two schools benefit from safe drinking water, quality sanitation and school gardens. These vegetable patches diversify students' diets and teach them how indigenous, comestible plants are cultivated.
Location: Kathmandu (urban), Partner: Guthi
IMPACT: 2'860 children benefit from access to drinking water and sanitation facilities with the labelisation of two schools as a Blue School @IRHA. Two rainwater harvesting tanks were built, including one 50m3 underground reservoir in Vishwo Niketan school and a second 25 m3 tank in Janat Prabhat school.
Location: Oaxaca region, Partner: Neta Cero, IRRI
IMPACT: 2'500 children benefit from access to drinking water and sanitation facilities by installing Blue School infrastructure in 3 schools. Establishing a rainwater treatment plant significantly improved drinking water quality and relieve many women of the burden of carrying water.
Location: Tamale, Partner: Simil Aid
IMPACT: 6'412 children and teachers from 17 schools, and 2 health centers with 12'500 patients per year and 15 staff members benefit from access to drinking water, sanitation facilities and improved hygiene protocols.
IMPACT: 1'180 children benefit from access to drinking water and sanitation facilities by installing Blue School facilities in 6 schools. Learning good hygiene practices has enabled children to significantly reduce the routes of contamination, while spreading these practices within their households.