Despite having to report early on a Saturday morning, all the members of the Nature Club are always eager to start their door-to-door program. After brief introductions and an orientation, the members of the Nature Club are split into groups. Each group is provided with a flip chart filled with various facts about WATASOL and water borne diseases, WATASOL bottles, two unused coliform vials, flyers and posters. The teams are also given two samples of coliform test results – one showing contaminated water and another showing uncontaminated water. The locals become more willing to listen to the children when they find out that most of the water from sources around their community turned into a black liquid after the test, indicating a high level of contamination.
The teams go around the locality in their designated areas and stop by shops, restaurants and households along the way. The children are able to elaborate easily with the flipchart, as it has pictorial representations of the facts. The teams also sell 60ml WATASOL bottles to the locals. The locals buy them more readily when they are informed that they can go to the school for a cheap refill and half the proceeds would go to the nature club itself.
“We were able to understand that team work and coordination among the members is essential to run the activities”, Smriti stated.
“We were very glad that we were able to make people understand the importance of safe drinking water,” said Ajay.
“I learned how to deal with rejection. At first, I was dejected when the locals didn’t want to buy WATASOL but then I learned how to cope with it and carried on. Interaction and presentation with people also help students like us to increase confidence”, Sonu Thapa stated as she recalled her experience.
In the last few weeks, 5 schools have conducted Door-to-Door program.
- Lalit Kalyan School, Lalitpur – Nov 28
- Mahendra Vidya Ashram, Bhaktapur – Dec 5
- St. Paul School, Thecho, Lalitpur – Dec 5
- Kanchan English Secondary School, Chapagaun – Dec 5
- Tika Bhairab School, Lele – Dec 11
The door-to-door program has proved to be an effective community awareness program. Along with raising awareness, it also develops interaction skills of the students. By the end of the two-hour long program, almost all the children are able to communicate with new people readily. The children also develop a sense of responsibility as they are able to collect fund for their club activities.