School kids in a school in Cochabamba (Bolivia)
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,