With the increasing awareness about health and hygiene education, habit of using Safe Water has taken a special spot in the daily life in the students of schools located in Southern Lalitpur. Throughout the year, nature club members in various schools produce WATASOL (a solution used to treat water to disinfect bacteria), use it in their school to treat water, distribute it among themselves for household use and use in their community. It’s the continuous awareness campaign like door-to-door programs organized by the members of nature club which has influenced the lives of many households in the community. ECCA is playing a major role towards mobilizing members of the nature clubs. People are aware of the importance of safe water and a visible impact can be felt and seen in the community, thanks to these programs.
As a supporter for the promotion of safe water program in various schools, Ms. Manuela Balma from drop for life foundation (DFL) visited different schools located in Lalitpur district as a part of monitoring and follow-up of program. During the visit, interactions with the members of nature club were made in all the schools. Tika Bhairab Secondary School and Shree Buddha Secondary School in Lele; Kitini Higher Secondary School in Godawari and St. Paul Secondary School in Thecho were the main schools visited as per the schedule. During the interaction, the students made presentations about their drinking water storage system, water distribution system in classrooms through jars and water dispensers. The students also briefed Ms. Balma about the procedure and steps that they had been following towards the preparation of WATASOL in their schools.
An interaction commenced with the students about their experiences so far and ideas for new programs. Ms. Balma was quite happy to see the enthusiasm of the students and the activities they have been doing. “I’m very impressed by the engagement of all the nature club members and I like the fact that it’s not only about safe water but also about other skills,” she said. The students, too, were elated to share their experiences with her, and get feedback on their accomplishments.
The second day visit on October 16 was at Kitini Higher Secondary School, it clashed with Global Hand Washing Day. The nature club members taught primary level students the proper way of washing hands and asked them follow the routine before and after eating, after using restrooms, after playing with pets. Ms. Balma lauded the nature club members’ effort and said that she was happy to have witnessed it. Nature club members also presented a street drama in honor of Ms. Balma. The drama, which dealt with the importance of ensuring the use of safe drinking water, was informative and funny, and the audience enjoyed it. Ms. Balma said, “I liked the drama very much. I think it was very effective, not only for the children, but also the adults. You could feel that the children were convinced of what they wanted to tell people.”
DFL and ECCA have been long partners since 2012, promoting and implementing safe drinking water habit in the schools and communities. In a span of two years, it has brought remarkable difference in the drinking water habits of many people.