Education is key on every HydrateLife project, and is core to the project's success. Many people may not know the dangers associated with drinking dirty water, poor hygiene, and not using proper sanitation facilities. And even if they do know about the dangers, they may not know where to begin to make the necessary changes.
For example, some people may have never seen a toilet before, making the use of one a completely foreign idea. Many cases have been documented where an organization will build sanitation facilities for a community, only to have them be used for storage because the community wasn't taught why it is important to use the facilities for it's intended purpose.
Habits are hard to change, however, once the community understands the implications of drinking dirty water, not using proper sanitation facilities, and not practicing good hygiene these habits will be more likely to change. HydrateLife has developed a curriculum that will be used on every project to help people understand the danger they are putting themselves and others in.
The core curriculum, which will deal with the dangers of contaminated water, and poor hygiene and sanitation practices, and the importance of drinking only clean water, and proper hygiene and sanitation, will be used on every project. Because most projects will have different solutions based on the needs of the community, HydrateLife will develop additional educational material on a number of different topics which will be used as needed. These topics could include the importance of proper water storage, water spring protection, the importance of keeping livestock away from the water source, or rainwater harvesting, to name a few.
Our education program will be broken up into three parts; education prior to the project, continuing education during the project, and training and maintenance education after the project. Please click below for more information on our education programs.
The education program prior to the start of the project will aim to teach the community the basic concepts surrounding clean water, proper sanitation, and good hygiene. This will include the hazards associated with dirty water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene, where they come from, and how to avoid them. We will also discuss the problems specific to that community, where those problems are coming from, and how the different options being proposed will work to combat whatever issuescontinue reading
Our education prior to the project dealt with where the community’s problems were coming from, and potential solutions. Now, one of those solutions have been selected, and the project is underway. During this time we’ll aim to teach the community how to put what they learned into practice. What does that look like? It looks like teaching people how to use sanitation facilities, and how to properly wash their hands after using the bathroom. It is also menstrual hygiene educationcontinue reading
Education after the project is not for the entire community. This is when we’ll be training select members of the community on the maintenance of the project. HydrateLife projects will require periodic maintenance once they are up and running, and the jobs vary significantly in required skill level. There are simpler jobs, such as refilling the soap, making sure there is enough toilet paper, or keeping the area around the well clean. There are also jobs that will require more responsibility and skill,continue reading