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Educate. Empower. Act. The mission of Project WET is to reach children, parents, educators and communities of the world with water education. We invite you to join us in educating children about the most precious resource on the planet — water.
A school in El Salvador will get a new water tank and the sanitation facilities for young children in a Bolivian school will be improved following a competitive grant process organized by the Project WET Foundation.
The grants are part of the final phase of a joint Project WET-UN HABITAT program that aims to improve habits around water, sanitation and hygiene using human-values-based education in five countries in Latin America. Schools in those five countries—Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia and El Salvador—were eligible to apply for the grants through Project WET's newly developed web portal for WASH in Latin America and the Caribbean, espanol.projectwet.org. The two projects—one in Apopa, El Salvador and one in Patacamaya, Bolivia—were chosen based on cost, feasibility and capacity to fulfill the project objectives.
The community of Apopa, just north of San Salvador, will build a new water tank at a local school. The tank will allow both morning and afternoon sessions at the school to store water safely for drinking, washing and cooking. Currently, water service is unreliable and available only during certain times of day. The school director will undertake the project's management, overseen by the Association for Community Development (ADESCO)-a program supported by UN Habitat in El Salvador.
Current water conditions in Apopa
In Patacamaya—a small city in the Bolivian Altiplano (high plateau) region—the grant will be used as part of a larger program managed by Plan International to improve sanitation facilities in the town's schools. In particular, these funds will be used to improve the facilities used by the school's youngest pupils, ages 4 to 6, offering improvements similar to those done in primary and secondary schools as part of the overall program. Before selecting Patacamaya as a demonstration project site, Project WET worked with Plan International to implement the Agua Saludable, Hábitos Saludables, Personas Saludables materials in Patacamaya. The grant will allow them to start hygiene education at a very young age.
New toilets ready for installation in Patacamya
The projects are expected to be completed within the next three months.