Water, as we all know, is a fundamental human need and particularly essential for the healthy development and growth of children. For a properly functioning body and good performance in school, children must be given access to drinkable water, along with the awareness of the vital importance of sufficient daily water consumption. Since 2016 Drinking Water Program will address this critical issue by providing access to affordable and safe drinking water for public schools, by installing drinking water facility with the complementary education about environment and health.
The program will have a three-fold impact on the environment, on the student’s health, and on the local economy, as follows:
- Ecological Impact – The installation of water filtration systems allows children to refill bottles, which leads to a reduction of plastic waste.
- State of Health – The combination of the practical solution, installing water filters, and additionally providing educational programs, is essential to reach the children and help them understand the importance of staying hydrated and avoiding sugary drinks.
- Economic Impact – Families living on the daily-standard poverty budget of around 3 USD per day face a daily struggle with attempting to provide for their most essential needs. Providing free drinking water for their children at school will reduce the money parents are forced to spend on purchasing water bottles.
Drinking water program carries out a regular monthly educational program at the partner schools involving our participating volunteers. The main theme discussed in every class is environmental and health issues. At the moment, Drinking Water Program has 37 partner of elementary schools in Yogyakarta, Pacitan (East Java) and Fak-Fak (West Papua), with total direct beneficiaries on about 7091 people.
The network of young and passionate volunteers is the most valuable asset of Project Child Indonesia and one of the cornerstones of its successful programs. The role of our volunteers is facilitating students in every educational class by arranging a lesson plan and teaching the students according to the provided syllabus. The targets of this class are 4th-grade elementary student. The teaching activities are performed at our partner school in Yogyakarta every Monday-Thursday at 13:00-14:30. Meanwhile, at our partner school in Pacitan, it is carried out on Thursday-Saturday at 09:00 and 15:30. To enhance the quality of participation, all volunteers are given a skills workshop before being introduced to their position within Project Child Indonesia.