In Indonesia drinking water is not a naturalness, regardless the fact it should be a human right. The Tapwater is not drinkable and there is no generalised solution or approach to take care of this problem, every person has to adress it as a personal matter. Project Child has created a participatory project and has installed drinking water filters at 24 schools around Yogyakarta to make safe and affordable drinking water available for over 3000 primary school students. Half of these schools are located in the region of Pactitan, a small Town near the coast of Jawa. These schools even have to deal with harder conditions because the drinking water is often contaminated and the structures for a reliable wateracces are not available. The first step Project Child took after they came up with the idea for the DWP (Drinking water program) was to do the neccessary research in conjunction with the University of Pforzheim to gather information on the availability of drinking water and the current drinking water system in Indonesia. The cooperation will be continuing througout the year to measure the projects impact.
To create a sustainable program Project Child came up with the idea to create the first “drinking water comitee”. At every school two teachers, two parents and one member of project child form this comitee. They give their input from the start of the drinking water filter installation and are responsible for the project throughout its process. This helps to adjust the program at every school to fit the local and individual requirements regarding the sourcing of water and the collection of payments. Further this grants Project Child the possibilty to start a educational program at the schools, which includes topics regarding enviromental causes.
The cost of the provided drinking water amounts to 100 rupiah per 1 liter, which is about a 40x times cheaper than the price of the bottled water in the market. Still it generates enough money, which will flow back into the project a 100%, to renew the waterfilter everytime therefore the system is self sufficient. To cover the needs of 200 students in each school, a investment of 330€ is required for the installation for the drinking water system. Providing filtered drinking water at schools also has a great enviromental impact because the kids don’t necessarily have to buy plastic bottled water anymore. Project child aims to be a leading example in showing that it is possible to give access to drinking water on a sustainable and cost efficient basis.
You can help by donating for the installation of the drinking water filter to make it available to more schools.