We quickly wanted to inform you about exciting news related to our project for 40 schools in Bolivia, which you supported in the past:
The project is making good progress on the ground. An intermediate evaluation showed that key habits like treating drinking water are now practiced by 70% of the children, up from less than 25% at the beginning of the project. Water is treated by two different technologies: chlorination and Solar Water Disinfection (SODIS). Both technologies are working properly and teachers as well as pupils learned how to apply them in order to obtain safe drinking water.
Two of our project pictures made it to the finalists of a photo contest on the Global Giving website - these are the pictures you find in this report. We choose them because they show how in our projects water not only is regarded as a basic human need, but also a source of joy and happiness. A special "thank you" goes to the author of the pictures, professional photographer Matteo Bertolino (www.matteobertolino.com), who generously donated the pictures to the SODIS Foundation.
A group of external experts visited the project in August, among them representatives of the National Agency for Basic Sanitation (SENASBA). They were very impressed with the project and want to use our monitoring system as a national standard for all future water and sanitation projects.
We are now also getting financial support from a corporate sponsor (www.striiv.com). Thanks to this support, we have passed the 50%-mark of our funding target and are on track to meet our funding goals for the project.
Overall, we are very encouraged to see how fast the promoted new technologies and solutions to save lives have spread. However, our evaluation also showed that it is necessary to bring these innovations from the schools to the families and homes. Thus, we elaborated a plan for an additional project phase, which will start in November 2012 and will reach out to these families.
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