Domestos brings hygiene to schools

Poor sanitation isn’t just the biggest cause of disease on earth. It also keeps many children out of school, especially girls once they hit puberty. That’s why we're building new facilities, and working to educate pupils and parents about hygiene.

Keeping children in school

African schoolboys. Editorial Credit: Nathan Holland /

A lack of clean toilets can be directly linked to pupils taking time off school. And that seriously impacts on the education they receive, as they struggle to keep up in lessons, and get lower grades. So what happens when there are more than 24,000 public schools in South Africa, for example, but fewer than 8,000 have flushing toilets?

Sustainable sanitation

If you’re going to really make a difference you need to provide the facilities, of course. But you also have to help people understand why sanitation matters. Here’s how.

Getting the message across

One of the first places to affect change is through education itself. We give teachers, pupils and parents the information they need to understand the importance of hygiene - at home and at school.

Spreading the word

We also support awareness campaigns in the wider community, to help everyone make the connection between school attendance and access to clean toilets. Recently, for example, in South Africa, we launched a campaign encouraging people to donate a toilet roll to their local school.

Building new toilets

Most importantly, we're building. In Vietnam and South Africa we're providing new toilet facilities for school children. And we're aiming high. For example, our programme in Vietnam will provide toilets for 400,000 children in 400 schools by 2016.

That means teaming up with national governments, local organisations, schools and parents to save children's lives, keep them clean, and keep them in school.

How you can help

Donate to the Domestos Sanitation Appeal for UNICEF and improve sanitation for millions of families.

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