OUR CLEAN WATER SOLUTION
We have consulted with many experts in the field, and have devised a holistic plan for water and sanitation for the school.
We will install a solar pump to the existing borehole well, which will pump water to a 5,000 litre poly holding tank, which is made in Sierra Leone.
From the tank, water will pass through a filter, which will filter 99.9% of pathogens out and which is estimated to last around 10 years without needing to change cartridges. From the filter, we will have one pipe going to two drinking water taps, and a second pipe going to a new concrete handwash station which will have soap provided as well.
We selected products that are long lasting, do not require additional electricity, costs or complicated maintenance to make sure that they can last for a long time at the school.
We will include the children in the planning and give them some decisions to take to help them to start their interest in water and sanitation.
We have already arranged to provide a computer classroom to the school and arranged for computer lessons for the children. Installed on the computers will be an educational app: Water Well that we developed for the children to understand why clean water is important for their health, what pathogens are and how they get in their water, and why personal hygiene is so important for their health.
We will also arrange for some water workshops to be delivered by distance learning and plan to start a WASH club for some interested children. They can become leaders in the school by becoming experts in water and sanitation themselves and we will help them with some ideas for club activities. They will then have a sense of personal investment in the project and will make sure that the equipment is kept clean and maintained. We are also installing Droople, a smart IoT monitoring solution so the kids can see how their filter is doing and we in Switzerland can also monitor the maintenance and operations of the filter.
Once the children are armed more with knowledge, hopefully they can bring their knowledge back into their homes and teach their parents, making an even larger impact. We believe that the educational component is just as important as the equipment measures taken to ensure that the project is sustainable for the long term.
Thank you to our donors, the SIG Patronage Fund and Swiss Water Partnership for funding this project. Construction starts at the end of October 2021.
Droople device connected to our water filter for kids and our NGO to monitor the functioning of the filter via computer interface