ProjectsTeaching safe water practices globally
Atiwa West District, Eastern Region
The purpose of the September and November 2021 Bright Water Foundation safe water education initiative in Sankebunase Ghana is to strengthen family self-reliance by independently treating household water supplies and ensuring safe water storage.
This initiative supports the efforts of water development agencies in bringing “safe” water to every household. This approach fills an important gap in the water supply chain, especially for rural dwellers.
Initial anecdotal reports from the district hospital in Pap Onditi, Kenya, which serves the Lower and Upper Nyakach regions, report a 40-73% decrease in diarrhea since the introduction of the Friends of the Old (FOTO) project intervention using evidence-based microbiology in 2012.
In February 2015, during the midst of a major cholera outbreak in the neighboring counties and nearby districts, Lower Nyakach was spared with no reported cases of cholera.
La Calle Real
Bright Water Foundation has been conducting quarterly reinforcement visits (QRVs) in La Calle Real. In March the Clean Water Experts (CWEs) resurveyed homes that completed clean water training to see if families are enacting the behavior change of treating their water every time they use it.
Based on the survey results, we saw an increase in most households understanding the importance of treating their water supplies and demonstrating positive behavior change.
A trip was made by James Stark, a BWF volunteer Board member, to Zatatotora, Bolivia from August 18th through August 23rd, 2018 in partnership with Choice Humanitarian Foundation.
The purpose of the trip was to train select local residents associated with Choice Humanitarian in Bolivia on water-borne infectious disease detection, quantification, sanitization, and prevention using the Colilert and 3M Petrifilm method contained in the Portable Microbiology Laboratory (PML) kits.