The Blue Schools

An innovative concept, the Blue Schools, initiated by the IRHA, is a program that has been successfully tested in several contexts, then developed by the partners of the Swiss Water and Sanitation Consortium.

Blue school Programme

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.


Sashmita's Water Story

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 ...

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Hygiene dancing, Nepal


Blue School, Bolivia, 2018

Duration: January 2018 - August 2018, Location: Potosi Region Local Partner: Sumaj Punchay

Objective: The project aims to provide more than 1,680 children and teachers with access to safe drinking water and quality sanitation. School gardens diversify students' diets by demonstrating, through practice, the cultivation of these forgotten plants.

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Blue School, Nepal , 2014 -2018

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.

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Blue School, Nepal, 2016-2018

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.

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Blue School, Mexico, 2014-2015

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.

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Blue School, Ghana, 2013-2015

Duration: 2013 - 2015, in partnership with Simil Aid, Region: Tamale, Ghana

Objectives: The project was aimed at enabling 6'412 children and teachers from 17 schools, 2 health centers with 12'500 patients per year and 15 staff members to benefit from access to water. sanitation and hygiene.

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Blue School, Senegal, 2011-2013

 2011– 2014, Région de Kaolack, (Sénégal), en partenariat avec Caritas KaolackObjectif: le projet a eu pour objectif de permettre à 1 180 enfants de bénéficier d’un accès quotidien à l’eau potable, ainsi que de toilettes aménagées, grâce à la labellisation de 6 écoles en Ecoles Bleues.
Duration: 2011-2014, Lieu region of Kaolack (Senegal), in partnership with Caritas Kaolack

Objective: The project aimed to provide 1'180 children with daily access to drinking water and improved toilets through the labeling of 6 schools in Blue Schools. Learning good hygiene practices has allowed children to significantly reduce contamination routes and disseminate these uses within their households.

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Partnership with PITCHAfrica

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.


PITCHAfrica / Waterbank schools


Our projects

The Blue Schools

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 "

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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.

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The Rain, the soil and the people

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.

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" Unserved "

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.


Workshops: Water and the City

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.

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In the rain ink

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.

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International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA)

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1219 Châtelaine, Geneva CH

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