A focus on sustainability. That is at the heart of Football for Water phase 2. In 2017 and 2018 we will increase the commitment of governments, school boards, head teachers, PTAs, parents and private sector to ensure sustainable maintenance and operation of the facilities. How? By addressing roles and responsibilities in MoUs. By introducing Cost Recovery Plans to give insights in risks, costs and responsibilities in maintenance of the facilities. By mainstreaming Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in school curricula. And by supporting innovative income generating activities by stakeholders to ensure proper budgeting of operation and maintenance of facilities. Such as selling urine as fertilizer, selling water in water kiosks and renting out the football facilities for community events or to football clubs.
And there is more: it is not only the facilities that need care. The behavior change we brought about needs support too. The 350.000 children we supported in phase 1 are our true champions. They were empowered as advocates of hygienic behavior by their teachers and coaches. They inform their families and friends about the importance of safe water and hygiene. We will continue to support them. By training more coaches and teachers. By awareness-raising campaigns to ensure sustained commitment of governments, schools and communities to hygienic behavior change. By involving communities and local private sector more in our projects. By addressing ownership issues with school boards and parents. And of course by continuously using our lobbying power for commitment of governments.
With these elements and many more we hope we will be able to sustain our impact. And even support 220 new schools and another 150.000 children with improved Football and WASH facilities.
We hope you’ll keep following us the coming years.