Once the parents see the impact of clean water on their lives and the lives of their children, preparing and drinking solar disinfected water becomes a habit for health. Users become advocates of the program, training their peers and spreading the message of safe water.
To combat waterborne disease and death related to sanitation and hygiene problems, Water School implements a proven, integrated 3-step program. The program is designed to contribute to the UN Millennium Development Goal for Water and Sanitation, specifically: to halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe water and basic sanitation.
In most of our project areas, the program is introduced through the school system using local teachers in a controlled environment. Children then pass on what they have learned about the Water School program to their own homes. Once their families are interested and engaged, the program spreads rapidly throughout the community.