Written by Graciella Stephanie Ganadhi, Content Writer Project Child Indonesia
Water and sanitation have been a significant issue for Indonesians, especially for those who are living in remote areas. Most of the time, the quality of water is not safe enough for humans to drink. Survey shows that 67.1% out of 940 households have e. coli in their drinking water. It leads to many diseases, such as diarrhea.
Drinking Water Project (DWP) is created to overcome this water issue in Indonesia. DWP partnered with PT Kalbe Farma through Entrostop Anak to provide clean water for nine schools in three sub-district in Lebak, Banten. Banten has abundant diarrhea cases, and Lebak, especially, was chosen because it is falling behind from other districts in terms of economic, health, and environmental condition. The purpose of this activity is to build environmental awareness by supplying clean drinkable water in elementary schools and teaching students about the importance of sanitation and hygiene. This activity is also part of PT Kalbe Farma’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), especially in the field of health, hygiene, and prevention of diseases caused by dirty water.
PT Kalbe Farma, together with Drinking Water Project had successfully installed water filters for nine different schools in Lebak, Banten. Education for sustainable health and environment was delivered for fourth graders in all nine schools. PT Kalbe Farma and DWP also provided tumbler (drinking bottle) for all students.