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Below you can find all frequently asked questions and answers from the Football for Water program. If you cannot find your answer, do not hesitate to contact us on communications@footballforwater.nl

What is Football For Water doing?

Most primary schools in developing countries don’t have appropriate drinking water points and toilet facilities for the children. This makes it more difficult for them to perform well in school, especially for girls. Football for Water is a unique cooperation between the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector and the world of football that want to tackle this challenge.

What is the vision of the program?

Our program is based on the idea that combining our expertise in water with the power of football to teach children about health and hygiene, will lead to improved living conditions of the families. Ultimately this will stimulate sustainable economic development in areas where the kids live:

1. Realising water points and toilets in schools will lead to healthier children and their families.

2. The children will be educated about important life skills, interpersonal skills and personal hygiene (through football) in a fun and easy-to-understand way.

What is the mission of the program?

It is the ultimate goal of our program to work together with more than 1000 primary schools in Mozambique, Kenya and Ghana to improve the living conditions of over 500.000 children. How will we do this?

1. Our local partners help schools to lay water pipes, install drinking water points and build toilet facilities

2. Our coaches train boys and girls in life skills for a healthy living through football training

3. We create links between the schools, the kids and their families and local companies to make sure the entire community will benefit from our program

 

Why is water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) a problem?

Due to a lack of clean drinking water and deteriorated sanitation high mortality rates exist, fewer children go to school and economic development is lagging behind. This affects their lifestyle, their social and environmental behavior and their future perspectives.

Where do we play Football for Water?

At more than 1000 primary schools in Mozambique, Kenya and Ghana.

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Why focus on Kenya, Ghana and Mozambique?

The proposed approach is meant to go beyond the countries and therefore we would like to speak of Ghana, Kenya and Mozambique as pilot-countries. We aim to learn from the gained experience in order to be able to implement the approach in other countries more efficiently.

The selection of these countries is based on several factors: firstly, these countries are all three still so-called ‘partner countries’ of the Netherlands. Furthermore, figures show that there is a clear need for improved drinking water and sanitation facilities. It is obvious that there is still a large need for improved WASH infrastructure (technical and social). Finally, already established relationships between Dutch and African (partner) organizations that will execute the programs are also reason in choosing these countries. 

Why is chosen for a school approach instead of community approach?

The focus on schools within this partnership has several reasons. “Proper school facilities in combination with good sanitary and hygiene practices contribute significantly to reducing the incidence of water, sanitation and hygiene-related diseases among children. In such conditions, the benefits extend beyond health aspects: children perform better at school and can bring concepts and practices on good sanitation and hygiene back to their families, friends, and communities.

Further, “WASH in Schools improves the environment of the schools themselves and with that promotes effective learning for children. It helps to increase the overall well-being and productivity of the community and society. ”

Improving WASH facilities on schools, will lead to a positive vicious circle, whereby the ultimate impact is an increased economic growth, which will consequently lead to improved hygienic conditions as a result of higher investment opportunities.

What is the relationship with the SDGs?

The F4W program indirectly contributes to fulfilling the SDG-target on water & sanitation (SDG#6). A big problem for the SDG-target on sanitation lies in the fact that sanitation is still widely considered as a taboo. By the organization of media-campaigns and through the involvement of football-role models, we try to put WASH in Schools both on the national and international agenda. Moreover, sustainable WASH infrastructure will be brought to schools.

What is the total budget of the total program?

The total budget of the program is € 26.050.000.

 What will be the role of the governments involved in the program?

The Dutch government is funder of the program. It is one of the front-runners of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and is keen on transparent reporting about the objectives and outcomes.

How is Football for Water, Sanitation & Hygiene unique?

The Dutch water sector is leading throughout the world with a large international network of specialist organizations. The KNVB has been using the power of football for behavior change in developing countries for years now. With football as the linking factor, a bridge is formed between the two worlds. Football activities and the construction of drinking water points and sanitation facilities will convey crucial life skills. The program has direct impact on students and the communities around them, and aims to ensure sustainability without subsidy eventually.

How can we guarantee sustainability of the program?

In order to secure sustainability of our efforts, the program will apply the FIETS principles:

1. Financial sustainability: Providing innovative financial concepts which diminish dependency on external subsidies, using the principle “local finance first”, leading to the strengthening of the “in-country” structural finance. Strategies: business approaches & private sector involvement, innovative financing, mobilize government budgets.

2. Institutional sustainability: Integrating WASH in national policies with CSOs in close collaboration with local stakeholders working as capacity builders, facilitators and watch dogs representing the voice of ordinary people and complementing governmental efforts. Multi-actor approach, capacity building, policy influencing.

3. Environmental sustainability: ensure long-term availability of natural resources and a healthy environment. Strategies: Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM), ecosystem approach, if needed adapted to climate change.

4. Technological sustainability: Seeking and applying locally appropriate technologies, which are context-specific, affordable and demand-driven. Strategies: appropriate technologies, innovative ICT-solutions.

5. Social sustainability: Making WASH interventions demand-driven and needs based, being sensitive to local and cultural incentives and focus specifically on women as change agents. Strategies: gender mainstreaming.


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