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Field Report - December 2010

A report from the field by Asia Transpacific Foundation founder Marilyn Downing Staff

In 2010 we not only spent time assessing our projects after the frenzy of the Cyclone Nargis recovery, but we worked closely with our Myanmar staff on what we called “The Three D’s”—we Defined, Distilled and Developed the project models to be long lasting and ready to expand throughout the country.

  • Ran three successful water cart pilot projects, one in Twante, one in the Rakhine State and one in the Delta region, which brought safe water delivery and awareness to hundreds and business ownership to 6 selected water vendors.
  • Researched H2O2, as another, chemical based solution for household water treatment.
  • Expanded our hygiene education methods by adding an animated cartoon to our teaching tools.
  • Began hygiene education projects in monastic schools, orphanages and pre-schools reaching thousands of children with our hygiene comic books and educational messages.
  • Distributed thousands of water filter units and provided training programs to monasteries throughout the country.
  • Distributed filter units and training to the Dedaye Hospital and clinics in Pathein.
  • Continued quality control and ceramic filter research to assure that the best product was going out in the field.
  • Our NGO partners distributed over 12,000 filter units to families throughout the country bringing safe water to over 60,000 more people in 2010.
  • Began working on the water kiosk project design which will be piloted in 2011 and will offer various water treatment options for purchase, along with information on each and hygiene education materials.