According to the Charities Aid Foundation, 23% of girls in rural India drop out of school upon reaching puberty, with access to safe and hygienic toilets being one of the key reasons they give up their study. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Providing easy access to clean toilets can increase girls’ attendance at school by 11% and support their continued access to learning and education.
Kimberly-Clark is helping to address the challenges faced by young girls in India by partnering with the Charities Aid Foundation to repair and maintain existing toilets in schools. Since 2016, toilets in over 100 schools across five states (Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal and Maharashtra) have been renovated and dysfunctional toilets repaired.
In 2017, Kimberly-Clark India renewed its commitment to maintaining these existing toilets and renovated and repaired toilets in an additional 19 schools. These efforts have helped more than 5,000 students and teachers access safe, clean, and working toilets.
To date, the Kimberly-Clark Toilets Change Lives program has directly benefited over 100,000 school children and teachers across more than 100 schools. According to the Charities Aid Foundation, at some of these targeted schools, enrollments have increased and school dropouts amongst girls have reduced, following the repair of the toilets. What’s more, wider community outreach in sanitation has reached more than 1 million people across India.
With this positive progress in accessing sanitation in India, young girls can focus on their education.
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