Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah (R.)

Project Introduction:
WASH facilities in schools and enrolment, attendance, retention and attention rates is widely known, access to safe and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in school is often poor or non-existent. The conditions of many of the existing WASH facilities are poor, often due to overcrowding, inadequate maintenance of the facilities compounded by insufficient knowledge and acceptance of basic hygiene messages. The lack of access to safe and sanitary facilities affects all children, with girls of menstrual age being particularly affected, due to inadequate or often, a complete absence of private and clean sanitary facilities forcing the girls to miss school for up to one week each month.WASH facilities and messages in schools has been implemented for some time, the practice of using school children as change agents in the community is relatively new. The school will be used as an entry point into the community. This project Proposes to address the key issues of sustainability and scaling up, through the engagement of the children as change agents in the community as well as the School Management Committee. 

Goal and Objectives:

  • Creating healthier Learning Environments with improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene services in 200 Secondary Schools in 4 districts of Bangladesh.


  • To engage every students in hygiene behavior change activities
  • To active participation of key stakeholders (students, teachers, communities, NGOs and administrative authorities)
  • To focus demand driven approach on underserved areas with the school acting as an entry point into the community
  • To change hygiene behavior to sustain healthier learning environments in schools and surrounding communities
  • To construct new WASH facilities (including menstrual hygiene) in 25 selected schools
  • To rehabilitee existing WASH facilities in 30 selected schools

Outputs→   Results → Outcome:

  • 400 SMC members and 600 Teachers have been trained on effective and sustainable WASH interventions in schools
  • 60,000 school children from 200 targeted schools have adopted improved sustainable hygiene behaviours especially washing their hands with soap at the appropriate times
  • 200 schools leave action plans have been developed and implemented
  • New WASH facilities are constructed, utilized and maintained appropriately in 25 schools
  • Existing WASH facilities are rehabilitated, constructed, utilized and maintained appropriately in 30 schools

Who the Project will serve/is serving (gender disaggregated data if possible by category of recipients):

  • 60,000 students from 200 secondary schools
  • 600 secondary school teachers (3 teachers per schools)
  • 400 members of School Management Committee
  • 200 school communities around the school

Project Duration: 15 October, 2012 to 30th September, 2013

Start Date: 15th October, 2012

Financial Partner (Donor): UK aid and UNICEF

Implementing partner (if any): Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Muslim Aid uk Bangladesh and VERC

Project Location/s and number of field offices:
Number of field offices : 4
Project Location/s : Sunamganj, Khagrachari, Rangamati and Bandarban

Budget with annual breakup:

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Number of project staff and volunteers: Project staff: 34,  Management Staff: 5

Contact Person      : Syed Nur-A-Alam Siddique, Team Leader, WatSat Programms
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Cell No                       : 01746-698365