A "healthy corner" with safe drinking water
We are already well into 2011, but we think that this is a good moment to look back for a moment. Not only to 2010, but also to the whole first phase of the project you supported.
Over the past three years, we have been working jointly with our local partner Save the Children Bolivia and the Ministry of Health to bring safe drinking water and improved hygiene to more than 220 schools in three Departments of Bolivia. In October 2010, project activities at these schools came to an end and the SODIS Foundation carried out a final evaluation. The report of this first phase is now available on our website – please feel free to download it:
As we informed before, this project is a real breakthrough, both in terms of the quality of the results achieved as well as of the scale: this is one of the largest projects worldwide of its kind and a proof that the methods we have been developing not only work in well controlled small trials. We are now in the process of further disseminating this experience and you can help us in passing on the final report to other people who may be interested. Some other highlights of the projects are the innovative portable hand washing units, the “healthy corners”, and the use of non-traditional communication like wall paintings (see pictures).
Over the past few months we also learned that the project is spurring a lot of interest with other local organizations. The SODIS Foundation is currently in talks with several potential partner organizations in order to evaluate the possibilities of a next project phase. We soon will inform you about the recent developments in this regard.
Furthermore, we are happy to announce that December 2010 was our best fund raising months on Global Giving ever. Donors like you supported the project with a total of more than US$3,400. This was a big boost to our motivation and helps us to prepare the next project phase, making sure that even more people can benefit from simple solutions like Solar Water Disinfection and hand washing.
Most of all, we want to thank you for your continuing support. We highly appreciate that several of you are long-time donors who keep coming back and generously support our work. On behalf of the project team and the beneficiary population, I once more want to express our gratitude.
A SODIS table at the Ceferino Namuncura school
Innovative: Portable hand washing units
Non-traditional communication: wall paintings
Safe drinking water makes for many happy faces
Pupils taught their parents to obtain safe water