Safe Drinking Water for 80,000 Children in Bolivia

 
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Jul 11, 2011

Global Giving visits schools in Cochabamba

Clarissa visits a local school in Cochabamba
Clarissa visits a local school in Cochabamba

Dear supporters,

A few weeks ago, Global Giving visited our project in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Clarissa Driban is a volunteer who took on the huge challenge to visit more than 40 projects all over South America within 6 months. This involved a good deal of traveling, many hours of sitting in buses riding a bumpy road or waiting at the bus station. We are glad she came all the way to Cochabamba and was able to visit a school of our project. She witnessed firsthand how small improvements in hygiene and water quality can make a big difference in these institutions. Here is what she wrote to us afterwards:

 

"Water. Who knew its absence could have such devasting effects; its presence, the ability to transform communities, health, and socio-economic status. The tireless efforts of SODIS are testament to the power and necesitity for investment in quality infrastructure to provide basic services, such as water, to communities in need. But it doesn't stop at connecting people with this crucial lifesource. From water springs the power to educate children and their parents about how to better care for themselves and the environment, the opportunity to improve one's quality of life, the chance to mobilize people by empowering them to create the changes they wish to see in their homes and their communities. Best of all, the solutions SODIS implements are low-cost, yet highly effective. 

Take for example their solar water disinfection program, now currently present in schools throughout Bolivia. Through this program kids are not only provided clean drinking water, but they learn the process behind purification, healthy life skills such as washing your hands and brushing your teeth, the importance of caring for their environment, and how potable water can make a world of difference in daily tasks like growing your own garden. Perhaps most impressive, is these new habits are then incorporated into the homes, changing the health and well-being of entire families and even communities. 

I was honored to see the payoffs of programs like this firsthand and to meet the countless people benefiting from implementation. I can attest to the effectiveness and widespread local impact. Ongoing support of SODIS projects is not only necessary, it's a fantasic return on a minimal investment."

 

Well, there is not much we can add to that. We thank Clarissa for her visit and her advice and wish her the very best on the rest of her journey and for future travels to come – and of course we hope to see her around again soon.  By the way, Clarissa is helping the projects she visited to raise funds: she established a fundraiser page and already raised more than $ 5000 in a month - which is very impressive. You can support her and the projects she visited (including the projects of the SODIS Foundation) on the link provided below.

 

Thank you for your continuing support

For the project team,

All eyes were on Clarissa during the visit
All eyes were on Clarissa during the visit
The SODIS team in Bolivia received a recognition
The SODIS team in Bolivia received a recognition

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Jun 13, 2011

June 15, 2011: Bonus Day

Washing hands AND saving water at the same time
Washing hands AND saving water at the same time

Dear Supporters,

You receive this mail because you supported our project in the past. We received 192 donations so far for this project and we would like to thank all of you for these contributions – they helped us to improve water and hygiene conditions of more than 80,000 children in Bolivia so far.

We also want to inform you about a special opportunity: June 15 is Bonus Day! This means that all donations to projects on www.globalgiving.org will be matched at 30% (up to $1000 per donor per project). For example, if you donate $100 to our project, another $30 will be contributed by the Global Giving Foundation. We would like to invite all our friends and supporters to make use of this special opportunity to make your donation have an even greater impact on local communities.

Within the ongoing project, safe drinking water and improved hygiene conditions can be provided for as little as $5 per child. Plus, we help local schools saving water: with our innovative mobile hand washing unit (see picture), a person can wash his/her hands with less than 0.2 liters of water. Most people on the planet use about 2 liters for this simple task: ten times more…

Among the people who donate to our project on June 15, a lucky winner will receive a special prize: A print of one of the picture of professional photographer Matteo Bertolino, who recently visited our project in Bolivia. We will keep you informed on this issue and on our project activities.

Thank you in advance and best regards from the whole team,

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May 12, 2011

May update

A big smile for the "healthy corners"
A big smile for the "healthy corners"

Dear supporters, 

This is a short update on our project to provide 80,000 children in Bolivia with safe drinking water, which you generously supported in the past.

In spite of the fact that we already reached more than 80,000 children in our first project phase, we want to further expand the project. Currently, the SODIS Foundation is working on a project with UNICEF in several rural communities of the Cochabamba Department, where we have been training women’s groups over the past few months on how to obtain safe drinking water and how to improve hygiene conditions with simple measures.

In the current project phase, we will be working in schools in Sacabamba and surrounding communities in order to improve water, sanitation and hygiene conditions. Often, with simple measures a significant change can be achieved in these schools. For example, the mobile hand washing units cost only a few cents to install but make a large difference in improving hygiene conditions. Another of our favourite inventions is the “healthy corner” (“rincón de aseo” in Spanish), where children store their drinking water, clean cups and other utensils to improve hygiene (see picture).

We also would like to point out to the “recurring donation campaign” on the Global Giving website. With this new feature, you can now donate over a certain period of time (e.g., $10 per month). Such donations help us to improve project planning and we would like to encourage you to make use of this function.

Again, we would to thank you for all the support to our project. Thanks to hundreds of supporters like you, we are getting close to our next fundraising goal of $20,000: as of today (May 12, 2011), we raised $19,575. With a little help, we can make a big difference. 

For the project team,

Mar 15, 2011

March Update and Special Opportunity

School kids in a school in Cochabamba (Bolivia)
School kids in a school in Cochabamba (Bolivia)

Dear supporters,

These are turbulent times around the globe. You probably have been watching the tragic and moving images coming in from Japan, but also from Northern Africa. Meanwhile, largely unnoticed by the global public, Bolivia also has seen some moments of social and political instability, mainly caused by a price hike of fuel and subsequently basic food supplies. In Cochabamba, actors of the transport sector (mostly micro-bus drivers) decided to block the whole city for several days in order to express their dissatisfaction with the current situation. In La Paz, torrential rains caused a hilltop to collapse in a poor neighbourhood, destroying at least 400 homes and burying people's belongings under mud and debris. Luckily, there were no fatalities from the landslide.

This situation also brought our project with schools in Bolivia to an temporary halt. For the moment, we are talking to several institutions who are interested in introducing our package of simple solutions to improve water and hygiene conditions at schools. As soon as the cities in Bolivia return to a more normal state (activities related to Carnival further aggravated the situation), we will take up these talks again and start with the planning of the next project phase.

At the same time, we keep implementing two other projects, which are also posted on Global Giving and which we would like to invite you to support. One project helps to improve water and sanitation services through micro-credit (http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/micro-credit-for-improved-water-and-sanitation/), whereas the other will develop an indicator for Solar Water Disinfection (http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/solar-water-disinfection-indicator/).

For all these projects, there is a special opportunity on March 16: All donations received on www.globalgiving.org on that day (up to an amount of $ 1,000) will be topped up by an additional 30% by the Global Giving Foundation. Make use of this special offer and make your donation 30% more effective by making a donation that day - and please tell others to do the same. Every donation makes a difference.

Thanking you for all your support,

Best regards,
Matthias Saladin

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Feb 7, 2011

Safe Drinking Water Project: Looking back

A "healthy corner" with safe drinking water
A "healthy corner" with safe drinking water

Dear supporters,

We are already well into 2011, but we think that this is a good moment to look back for a moment. Not only to 2010, but also to the whole first phase of the project you supported.

Over the past three years, we have been working jointly with our local partner Save the Children Bolivia and the Ministry of Health to bring safe drinking water and improved hygiene to more than 220 schools in three Departments of Bolivia. In October 2010, project activities at these schools came to an end and the SODIS Foundation carried out a final evaluation. The report of this first phase is now available on our website – please feel free to download it:

http://www.fundacionsodis.org/web/attachments/final_report.pdf

As we informed before, this project is a real breakthrough, both in terms of the quality of the results achieved as well as of the scale: this is one of the largest projects worldwide of its kind and a proof that the methods we have been developing not only work in well controlled small trials. We are now in the process of further disseminating this experience and you can help us in passing on the final report to other people who may be interested. Some other highlights of the projects are the innovative portable hand washing units, the “healthy corners”, and the use of non-traditional communication like wall paintings (see pictures).

Over the past few months we also learned that the project is spurring a lot of interest with other local organizations. The SODIS Foundation is currently in talks with several potential partner organizations in order to evaluate the possibilities of a next project phase. We soon will inform you about the recent developments in this regard.

Furthermore, we are happy to announce that December 2010 was our best fund raising months on Global Giving ever. Donors like you supported the project with a total of more than US$3,400. This was a big boost to our motivation and helps us to prepare the next project phase, making sure that even more people can benefit from simple solutions like Solar Water Disinfection and hand washing.

Most of all, we want to thank you for your continuing support. We highly appreciate that several of you are long-time donors who keep coming back and generously support our work. On behalf of the project team and the beneficiary population, I once more want to express our gratitude.

Best regards,

A SODIS table at the Ceferino Namuncura school
A SODIS table at the Ceferino Namuncura school
Innovative: Portable hand washing units
Innovative: Portable hand washing units
Non-traditional communication: wall paintings
Non-traditional communication: wall paintings
Safe drinking water makes for many happy faces
Safe drinking water makes for many happy faces
Pupils taught their parents to obtain safe water
Pupils taught their parents to obtain safe water

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Project Leader

Matthias Saladin

Executive Co-Director
Cochabamba, Cochabamba Bolivia

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