IRHA Blue Schools use an integrated sustainable development model, addressing drinking water, hygiene, and sanitation needs while creating environments that cultivate learning. Our projects use harvested rainwater to irrigate school gardens, and trees planted on campus. The latter provide shade; thus, reducing the ambient temperature of school buildings and playgrounds, which aids learning.
This holistic approach allows children to experiences feedbacks between water, soils, food production and waste management on a daily basis.
Thirteen-year-old Sashmita and her family live in the Pokhara area of Nepal. She gets up at 6am to collect water from a spring located in the valley bottom, which she carries back uphill to her home. Each pot weighs more than 15kg ...
Duration: January 2018 - August 2018, Location: Potosi Region Local Partner: Sumaj Punchay
Duration: 2014 - 2018, Location: Pokhara Region (rural Nepal), Partner: Kanchan Nepal
Objectives: The objective of the project was to enable 7,716 children to benefit from access to safe drinking water and improved toilets, thanks to the labeling of 7 schools in Blue Schools. This certification guarantees access to water and education for families in Annapurna village communities.
Duration: 2016 - 2018, Location: Kathmandu (urban Nepal), Partner: Guthi
Objectives: The objective of the project was to enable 2,860 children to have access to drinking water and hygienic toilets thanks to the labeling of 2 schools in Blue Schools. 2 tanks were built, one of 50m3 underground in the school of Vishwo Niketan, a second of 25 m3 at the school of Janat Prabhat.
Duration: 2014-2015, Venue region of Oaxaca (Mexico), in partnership with Neta Cero, IRRI
Objective: The project aimed to allow 2,500 children to benefit from daily access to drinking water, as well as improved toilets, through the labeling of 3 schools in Blue Schools. The establishment of a rainwater treatment plant has significantly improved the quality of the water distributed and greatly relieves the burden of it in communities, especially for women.
Duration: 2013 - 2015, in partnership with Simil Aid, Region: Tamale, Ghana
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PITCHAfrica is a non-profit organisation based in the United States that specialises in the development of rain-storing infrastructure, buildings and related technologies for the water-stressed world. We realised that not only could sports fields and stadia harvest and store lots of water, but that all buildings needed to do this. We call all these types of buildings Waterbanks.
This program aims to educate schoolchildren to the management of water, sanitation and good hygiene practices, but also the recovery of waste to make blue schools, incubators of social change "
Construction of rainwater harvesting systems in Bhaktapur, to provide safe access todrinking water in 2 schools and 6 camps for displaced families after the 2015 earthquake.
Climate change requires us to rethink our management methods and practices. This project aims to build community resilience by combining better management of water resources, trees and soil.
The "Unserved" project aims to provide access to clean water and restore dignity for those who have nothing, the forgotten from water services, who live on the outskirts of our cities and have to fight every day to access even water for drinking.
The objective of this workshop is to bring school children to become aware of their environment, and to be able to implement durable, sustainable solutions in their city.
The aim of this "In the rain ink" project is to transform the representations of rainwater seen as a nuisance, poetically using the urban environment in which we live.