First three years starting in 2008
Water Centric started its implementation in India, where it has prior relationships with local implementing Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and international organizations working on water. In its first full year, Water Centric launched a 10 school initiative in the urban Delhi that will impact 10,000 students. As funds become available, Water Centric intends to begin an initiative in a rural Indian setting.
Water Centricís Urban Initiative:
WC along with its local NGO partner, Sakshi has developed a program to provide water, sanitation and hygiene education to 10 Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) schools. As of May 2009, we are well into this project (see our newsletters to follow our progress). This 10-school urban initiative has a high scale-up potential since there is a mandate, from the State, to provide this sort of service to the many needy, among the more than 1800 MCD schools that exist in Delhi.
Our approach involves individual assessment of each schoolís needs to determine the most cost effective means to provide a good quality of water and sanitation services. In some cases, there are adequate toilets and water connections, but inadequate sewage removal and water delivery systems. Water Centric and its partner are addressing problems of poor water stations and non-working toilets so that every child has access to functioning facilities. We are a results oriented organization that seeks to make effective use of all resources to make a big impact on the lives of these children.
In the picture on the right, Lotika is speaking with some of the children from the hygiene club of one of our Delhi schools. We maintain close contact with our partner and the schools. Part of our program is an extensive documentation process of ensuring both short results and long term sustainability.
Septic tank and water stations
In spring of 2009 we began installation of a septic station in one school, Molar Band, which had adequate toilets, but no means of sewage removal. Hence, they had no operational toilet facilities until we installed the septic tank. The facilities became operational when the students resumed school in July 2009. Later in December 2009, we built two toilets additional toilets on top of the septic tank platform.
We are look at each school independently and determine the most cost effective means of meeting their water and sanitation needs. For example, in another school the water supply to the city was not connected. Water Centric and Sakshi made the connection which allowed for a good supply of clean water at the school. The solution didn’t cost much, but it made a big difference in the lives of 1000 students. You can see pictures from the construction of the septic tank, the planting of trees to beautify the area and the final toilets on top of the septic tank in the following pictures:
Chronology of Delhi Project:
June 2008 – signed contract with Sakshi to provide water, sanitation and hygiene education to 10 urban schools in Delhi.
July 2008 – began meetings with principals from 10 schools to launch program
August 2008 – began teacher education for hygiene instruction
September 2008 – began formation of student hygiene clubs and hygiene education of students. In USA, 5 schools through H2O for Life begin program to raise money to sponsor 5 schools in Delhi.
November 2008 – student hygiene clubs formed in all 10 schools and newsletters generated by clubs
January 2009 – contract bids solicited for installing septic tank and repair of water system in several schools
February 2009 – water supply connected for one school – Zakir Nagar School
March 2009 – contract signed to build septic tank in Molar Band school
April 2009 – student letter exchanges begin between USA and India students
May 2009 - contract signed to improve water station in Julaina school
June 2009 – completion of the septic tank installation at Molar Band.
September 2009 – completion of water station at Julaina.
November 2009 – began work on two toilets on top of the septic tank at Molar Band.
December 2009 - completion of toilets at Molar Band
January 2010 – contracts signed and work begun on two more water stations
March 2010 – work completed on the two water stations at Badarpur and Jasola schools.
April 2010 - Diwali/Tiwali fundraising campaign begun by a class of students at Harvard Extension School.
May 2010 – Contracts signed and work began on installation of urinals at Okhla School – separate for boys and girls.
July 2010 – Work finished on boys and girls urinals in Okhla School
August 2010: Work began on Septic tank at Sriniwaspuri school.
All of the water stations we’ve encountered have severe problems. In general, they are difficult to use and end up getting the children wet when using them. We are remodeling the water stations to make them convenient and sanitary. So far Water Centric has remodeled 3 water stations in 3 schools. You can see the difference at the Jasola School in the following pictures:
Hygiene education is a fundamental piece of the Water Centric program to bring dignity and health to these children. Our mission is to change behaviors through a hygiene education program that will improve the quality of these children’s lives. Teachers have been instructed and hygiene clubs have now formed in all 10 Delhi schools. The children in the hygiene clubs are learning fundamentals of hygiene and the importance of following good hygiene practices. They are writing a monthly newsletter at each school and assuming responsibility for the toilet oversight. We view these clubs as an effective way to involve the children and to teach them responsibility for their hygiene and the hygiene facilities. You can see some of the children in the hygiene clubs in the following pictures:
Inter-continental communication and school-to-school fundraising:
Water Centric is very pleased that in the 2008-2009 school year five schools in the United States through the organizing efforts of H2O for Life have co-sponsored 5 of our Delhi. In the spring of 2009 one of the US schools initiated a letter writing campaign with its partner school. As a result, the Delhi school children responded with their letters of gratitude to the US children. You can read more about the program and actually see the letters by clicking the attached link. Thankfully, H2O for Life continues to enlist schools that raise funds to support our efforts. In the 2009-2010 school years, another 3 schools through H2O for Life co-sponsored another 3 schools in our Delhi project.
We hope that you will take the time to read more about our projects in our quarterly newsletters. You can see our progress in our Delhi project in the chronology listed in this section. This work is very exciting and the impact and rewards for the children are tremendous. We are very pleased with our progress in just a little over two years since forming Water Centric. We hope that you will decide to help us build upon our success to-date by choosing to donate to our cause.
WC’s Rural Initiative: WC will work with its selected NGO partner Swami Vivekanand Youth Movement (SVYM) on the second initiative for 150 schools in rural Karnataka (a State of South India). This initiative is in the preliminary stages of proposal development and will be ready for submission when funding is available.
After three years-
Water Centric will begin to quickly replicate the successful urban and rural models and scale-up the initiative to many more schools and begin expansion into other needy areas and countries. There are numerous Foundation and Indian government grants available for large scale implementation of water and sanitation facilities. Unfortunately, there are not sufficient organizations that able to do the work. Water Centric’s vision is to become a substantial provider of these services through its systematic approach to providing high quality water, sanitation and hygiene education. We are convinced that our model is working and will scale up in a very efficient manner. We intend to eventually provide these services to 15,000 schools in the next 10 years.