Safe Water Education
Education is at the core of a sustainable program
People who have been educated on the importance of safe water do not willingly drink contaminated water--much less give it to their children. Here is how education plays a key role in our Clean Water Initiative.
- Our Field Directors conduct an intensive training with a small cadre of local people who become Safe Water Advocates. They then fan out into rural villages, where water is often accessed from contaminated ponds.
- Villagers are taught that unsafe water can make them and their family sick. They are also introduced to ceramic water filters, which can eliminate the waterborne bacteria that cause disease.
- A free ceramic water filter training class must be taken by villagers in order to obtain a filter. Correct filter use is demonstrated. Educational materials such as locally produced cartoons, videos and public service announcements on television help get the message across.
- A test is administered on the essentials of correct usage. Once knowledge of correct use is demonstrated, the villager passes the course and is awarded a certificate.
- The certificate may be exchanged for a brand new filter.
- Safe Water Advocates continue to monitor villagers over time, ensuring proper use of the ceramic water filter.
See the fun, informative education materials