About The Water School — Mount Kilimanjaro - The Climb for Clean Water

 
 

The Water School is a Canadian incorporated non-profit organization with a mission to provide simple, safe, strategic, and sustainable clean water solutions to the developing world.  Every year, approximately 3.5 million people die from inadequate access to drinking water and poor hygiene.  One and a half million of these deaths are children, which could be saved if clean water was readily accessible. These alarming facts are what inspired both Fraser Edwards and Robert Dell to create the Water School Program. The most remarkable aspect of the program is that the results are lifelong. The program’s sustainability means that once the Water School Program is implemented, the recipients have both the knowledge and tools necessary to provide themselves with clean water for life!

The Water School implements its program through existing agencies in the beneficiary area. Local community groups such as schools, churches, hospitals and government institutions that have a vision for clean water are championing the process and working in their communities to bring education and training in concert with the materials needed to clean existing water sources. The program includes training on health and sanitation, instruction on how to use solar disinfection (SODIS), follow-up and accountability, and additional training as necessary.

Studied and proven by scientists for over 25 years, SODIS is simple, inexpensive and sustainable. Contaminated water is placed in clear plastic bottles and left on a table in the sun for a few hours. Powerful UV rays from the sun destroy harmful bacteria and make the water safe and drinkable.

Knowing that children are often agents of change, The Water School’s trained volunteers implement the Water School Program in schools and educate and emphasize the importance of hygiene, sanitation, and clean drinking water.  The schools are provided with training manuals which have been translated into the appropriate language of the region, containing simple illustrations and short messages in order for children of all ages to understand. The program’s winning combination of teaching elements address the major health concerns of the developing world, including diarrhea.  According to UNICEF, an estimated 88 percent of diarrheal deaths worldwide are attributed to unsafe water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene.

As children begin to practice the Water School Program, the results are almost immediate.   School absenteeism decreases, health problems decline, school hospitals close due to a lack of patients, children’s’ quality of life increases, lives are saved, and the fear of drinking water diminishes.  Once the parents see the impact of clean water and improved sanitation on their lives and the lives of their children, The Water School program becomes a habit for health. Users become advocates of the program, training their peers and dispersing the message of clean and safe water.

The Water School’s success is continuing to grow. We are currently preparing for a future program in Haiti that will be funded by the money raised from our successful climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in March 2010. We are also organizing more fundraisers and other initiatives to help provide clean water solutions to other vulnerable communities in need. Fifty dollars is all it takes to supply a family of six with training, bottles, and a program table for holding the bottles, which will successfully provide health, hope, and clean water for life.

For more information, please visit our website at http://www.waterschool.com. Inquiries can be sent to info@thewaterschool.org or

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