Health  Bolivia Project #1905

Safe Drinking Water for 80,000 Children in Bolivia

by SODIS Foundation Vetted since 2008 Site Visit Verified


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).

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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.

Long-Term Impact

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.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Solar Water Disinfection reference page
Latin American and Carribbean Water Award 2006
Development Marketplace SODIS project (World Bank)
Solar disinfection of water

Organization Information

SODIS Foundation

Location: Cochabamba - Bolivia
Website: http:/​/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Matthias Saladin
Executive Co-Director
Cochabamba, Cochabamba Bolivia
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Funded Project!

Thanks to 198 donors like you, a total of $33,383 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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