In December 2019 the USA executive team returned from a month-long trip to Thailand having overseen expert training of new field teams. This training was hosted in partnership with WaSH SDO Cambodia and sponsored in part by CAWST (Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Training), Calgary, Canada. The organization is very grateful for this opportunity to partner with expert organizations.
After completion of expert training for trainers and armed with comprehensive WaSH knowledge, field teams entered a tribal elephant sanctuary of 77 homes to provide WaSH training for eager filter recipients and place CR-BSF household filters inside their homes. The residents and elephants in this village were both curious and eager to participate any way they could.
The Pastor of this Christian village personally selected five women to make up the Women's Water Council that oversees field work in the village. The Pastor generously donated the village church for all trainings throughout implementation and follow-up.
In just two weeks field teams provided training and a houshold safe water solution to 20 families in the principles of Water and Sanitation Hygiene and placed 20 CR-BSFs. Jungle Water field teams were able to provide the best training and filter implementation in order for our villages to achieve the humanitarian right to safe water access.
The organization will seek immediate funding for field teams to enter this village monthly and train 20 families in WaSH prior to placing a CR-BSFs in each family's home. If we can stay on a monthly schedule of 20 filters/20 families this new field team can satisfy the safe water and training needs in this village of 385 residents -in just four months.
Upon funding to scale this project and completion of implementation in our current village, these new field teams will train their own teams for even greater impact in the other nine villages currently in queue for safe water.
Meet Jungle Water's first filter family. The father in this photo is village headman, Mr. Pong. He suffers with a diagnosed kidney problem which required surgery and removal of a large portion of his left kidney. Doctors urged against drinking from the breached well that the village depends on for their livelihood. Instead, his doctor suggested bottled water only. A village family's daily income of less than $1 USD means every home in this and nine other villages have justified and significant concerns. Although there are more living with illness caused by unsafe water, Mr Pong was the first headmen to reach out to the teams about his water concerns.So in 2016, it was appropriate that his family receive the first of 12 filters placed after attending a village WaSH training.
The Christopher Robert Project executive team is preparing to visit Thailand to oversee expert training of new Jungle Water field teams. This training is supported by both the Christopher Robert Project and CAWST (Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Training) of Calgary, Alberta. It is the goal of this organization to provide safe water to ten villages effectively providing safe water filtration and WaSH training and follow-up for almost 3,000 residents between 2020 and 2023.
TRAINING AGENDA AS FOLLOWS
WET for Trainers and Elections of Village Women's Water Councils
The CR Project sponsors this invitation-only event to train new field teams in assembly, maintenance and delivery of our jungle-tough household water filtration units. This three-day comprehensive training will arm field teams with the knowledge to assemble bio-sand water filters, understand the fundamentals of a biosand filter and move forward to provide the best training possible in villages. Certificate program
This expert training is sponsored by the fine folks at CAWST (Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Training) in partnership with WASH SDO Cambodia, a certified CAWST Water Expertise Training or WET Center. Highly experienced WET trainers are also invited to join us in the field as we deliver WaSH training to villages followed by household filter implementation. Certificate program
Trainings conclude with a village trip to deliver filters, village WaSH training and to elect village elders to join a committee that oversees filter implementation in their village. The Women's Water Council acts as a liaison between their village and field teams, report filter issues and mentor filter families throughout the implementation process and beyond. The council attends village WaSH training and understands the fundamentals of the CR BSF. Certificate program.
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