So much goes into establishing safe water points and proper sanitation facilities for a community. Water.org’s experience has proven it is best to not only empower a community to own and maintain their water and sanitation facilities, but to also educate the members on how to maximize the benefits of those resources.
Water.org field partner ASOMI WSH recently held a water and sanitation educational program for the community of Kamprup, a district of Assam in India. The program, well-attended and received, focused on educating the community members about proper drinking and sanitation habits. The program featured a documentary demonstrating the harmful effects of unhygienic habits like consuming water from an unsafe water source, using the same water for multiple purposes, and defecating in the open. The film also demonstrated the health and well-being of people when they drink safe water and use toilets. In addition to the documentary ASOMI WSH shared the various projects Water.org and ASOMI WSH implemented to help create a healthy and disease-free environment for the people living in the rural areas of Assam.
After sharing these educational messages with the community, the members were more equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to improve the way they approached water and sanitation. In addition to the educational component of the program, Water.org and ASOMI WSH Project further empowered the community with the means to access safe drinking water and improved sanitation facilities. This included discussing the procedure for taking out a sanitation and water loan for constructing water taps and toilets in their homes. With the ease of repayment and the health benefits for the family, this message and opportunity was well-received.
This success story was submitted by Water.org’s partner organization ASOMI, and was made possible by a generous grant from the PepsiCo Foundation.