(August–October 2015) In partnership with Feed The Children, Foundation 4Life sponsored the construction of new bathrooms and sinks at Dona Justa Guido Memorial School in Rizal, Philippines. The restrooms opened in August of 2015, and 4Life Service Director Tracie Kay attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony in October. This project is part of Foundation 4Life’s multi-year community development program with Dona Justa Guido Memorial School and the nearby community of Angolo.
Sanitation is one the main objectives in the community development program and the first step toward preventing disease and promoting healthy child development. Clean water and toilets in schools are fundamental to prevent diseases in a school setting. The program also includes sanitation classes that teach children the importance of good hygiene.
On-site bathrooms are also critical for quality academic learning so that children don’t have to walk 30 or more minutes to their homes or a community latrine. Often when a child leaves school, he or she doesn’t return for the rest of the day. The new Foundation 4Life bathrooms ensure that kids can remain at school all day and continue progressing in their educational goals.