On March 2, 2016 Bal Binayak nature club of Badal Gaun, Kavre conducted a door to door program regarding safe drinking water as an onstage community awareness practice. The main objective of the program was to aware the community on simple ways of purifying water. The club has been active in conducting these kind of programs especially after the earthquake. During the program, which basically focused on the use of WATASOL (water disinfecting chlorine solution), 20 club members actively participated.
After a short orientation by ECCA counsellors and meeting with the nature club members, the program started off with division of club members into three groups and allocation of these teams in three sectors of the village.
The nature club members provided information about the causes of water borne diseases, consequences and measures to be applied while drinking water and also suggested the importance of water disinfection and ways of using WATASOL. Along with making people aware about the water related hazards, the team also distributed WATASOL bottles to the houses (including informative pamphlets).
After interacting with the local people, it was quite clear that many people were unsure about the importance of disinfecting water and they didn’t adopt any technology to disinfect drinking water. Therefore WATASOL became a perfect solution to them. For those few people who were already using WATASOL, the program became additional help to expand their horizon of knowledge about the WATASOL.
“We found that maximum people were satisfied with the quality of water they receive in their day to day life,” said Sushil, one of the club members . “So it was not easy to convince them that the drinkable looking water could still contain harmful pathogenic microbes”, he added.
“Since they (club members) told me that this water purifying solution doesn’t contain any kind of chemical during its manufacture, I think I can safely use it,” said one of the villagers.
The program indeed proved to be productive and 'a perfect community outreach methodology' benefitting both young nature club members and the people of their community.
Glimpses from Door to Door community approach:
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