Girl at a school in Oruro
Dear friends of the SODIS Foundation,
The year 2010 is coming close to its end, and so is our project to bring safe drinking water to more than 80,000 children in Bolivia, which you generously supported in the past. This is probably a good moment for you to relax for a moment and think of all the smiles that can be seen when children drink a glass of safe water. That’s more than 80,000 smiles, and more than 80,000 lives protected. We send you the picture of just of one of the kids reached by our project – you will have to imagine the rest of the smiles. In this way, we would like to thank you for your continuing support.
However, it’s not all smiles these days. Water is in the headlines again, but in a negative context. Almost one year after an earthquake devastated large parts of the capital of Haiti, the effects of lacking adequate water and sanitation services caused an outbreak of cholera. This tragic event spiked fears of a regional epidemic and called the Ministries of Health of several countries on the plan. In Bolivia, in a first step the SODIS Foundation is providing and translating the scientific evidence available to date that the SODIS method is a very effective protection against the disease (88% risk reduction documented). Additional steps are being discussed at the moment with Ministries of Health in other countries as well, indicating an increased awareness of the importance of the quality of our drinking water.
The field activities of the project in Bolivia are now closed. Throughout the year, the SODIS Foundation and its project partner Save the Children worked hard to bring safe water and improved hygiene to schools. Just to mention a few facts:
- We trained more than 84,000 school kids on water disinfection and improved hygiene.
- We trained more than 50,000 parents of these children in order to make sure the healthy habits learned at school also are practiced at home.
- We provided more than 220 schools with information, practical advice and infrastructure in order to improve water quality and hygiene conditions.
- We trained more than 2600 teachers and more than 1,000 parent’s committees on healthy habits.
The final report is available in Spanish and soon will be ready for download in English on our website (www.fundacionsodis.org). We are now in the very important phase where we inform others about this project and make the experience available to a wider audience. For this task, we continue to receive donations throughout the rest of the year – please consider the project in your personal plans to contribute to those most in need.
Finally, the whole team of the SODIS Foundation wishes you all the best for the holiday season. If you are still looking for a meaningful present, why not make a dedicated donation to the project in the name of someone? In order to give such a Tribute Card, just proceed like with a normal donation (www.globalgiving.org/1905) and check the box "Make this Donation in Honor of Someone?" at checkout. You will be prompted to indicate how you would like the card sent (e-mail or postal mail), the card design, and all recipient details. You also can enter a personal message to the recipient.
We thank you for your continuing support and wish you a happy holidays season.
For the SODIS Foundation,