80,000 school children in Bolivia will be trained in simple, affordable techniques to sustainably improve their health. Techniques include hand washing and solar water purification (SODIS).
Every 15 seconds, a child dies from an easily avoidable case of diarrhea. Simple diarrhea is one of the biggest killers of kids under 5 in Bolivia. 100s of schools in Bolivia lack access to clean water, making them perfect places to teach and apply simple solutions to this problem. The SODIS Foundation believes that simple solutions like hand washing and improved access to safe water can empower people to improve their own health. These improvements can happen quickly and economically.
800 teachers will be trained on how to teach & put in practice solar water disinfection & hand washing. Training and support will be provided to the teachers. "Healthy corners," containing health information & handwashing stations, will be installed.
The project will provide safe drinking water for 80,000 children, leading to fewer cases of diarrhea. Less diarrhea means better school attendance, better physical and mental development, fewer medical expenses by the families and improved wellbeing.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).