On June 29th, 2018, Project Child Indonesia held a meeting with Acting Mayor of Baubau City and related Chief Department on the fields of education, environment, and health to collaborate in the Drinking Water Program for schools in Baubau City, Southeast Sulawesi. The meeting was held in Lakeba Beach Restaurant on June 29th, 2018, at 13.00 WITA.
Drinking Water Program is an educational program which provides drinking water filters installation at schools. Through this program, several chosen primary schools will receive installation of ready-to-drink water filters which can be used by the students at school. Besides, the program also gives alternative education on the field of health and environment for a whole academic year for the primary school students.
The program aims to increase the children’s awareness of the habit of drinking healthy water that is important for children’s growth and development, especially during their time at school. The program is also intended to reduce student’s habit of consuming artificially colored and sweetened drinks, and the high production of plastic trash. This is critical because Baubau City has ongoing issues on plastic trash and drinking water at school.
In 2018, Project Child plans on developing education program through Drinking Water Program for schools at Baubau City and nearby cities at Southeast Sulawesi. These programs will involve a cooperation with a few government stakeholders in order to improve the quality of education, health, and environment awareness.
We were delighted to see the positive response from the government stakeholders. Acting Mayor of Baubau, Dr. H. Hado Hasina was highly supportive of the program. “Any program that gives positive impact for the people must be supported by the government. For this program, I have asked related institutions to support the program. Nonetheless, the head of Regional Water Supply Company (PDAM) has also stated that his team will maximize the functioning of reservoir in Waborobo to help clean water distribution in Betoambari, Murhum, and Batupuaro.”
This is the first time Project Child Indonesia uses top-down approach with government stakeholders. The outcome of the project will be a model for our future strategies in expanding to other areas.