Every year, on 22nd March, the world celebrates World Water Day. This year, Proctor and Gamble, CARE?s partner on the Safe Water Systems(SWS) project, visited Kotoo Primary School in Siaya County to raise awareness about the importance of cleaning water, and where CARE Kenya was lauded for its work in providing over 3.5 million sachets of water purifier for clean, safe drinking water to children in 20 schools, as well as to 18,000 families. Watch a special segment and interview of Alex Mwaki, CARE SWS Program Manager, by NTV Kenya at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZ0UmMD3G6g&list=UUekTpzKodObpOcmvVCFUvTw&index=29 A media story can also be found at http://4thestatewire.co.ke/?p=1727
Safe Water Systems is a partnership between CARE and Proctor and Gamble spanning over 6 years, and is a relatively inexpensive method of providing safe water to communities , involving aspects of treatment, safe storage and behavior change.
Here are some key lessons learnt from our work in SWS:
- SWS and hygiene in schools evaluated by CARE and Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in 2006, 2007 and 2009, revealed significantly increased household adoption of water treatment and proper hand washing techniques and decreased absentee rates among students.
- SWS and hygiene in clinics studies demonstrated health workers are effective change agents. They serve as role models and are well-trusted, which means their messages are valued by the communities.
On World Water Day 2012, CARE and Proctor and Gamble announced the plan to provide more than 100 Million Litres of clean drinking water to communities in Kenya and Ethiopia. Former U.S Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, joined CARE and P&G in celebrating the milestone of the 100th school in Kenya provided with clean drinking water through this innovative partnership. For more on this story, go to http://www.care.or.ke/index.php/carenews/2-uncategorised/138