Clarissa visits a local school in Cochabamba
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
The SODIS team in Bolivia received a recognition