El Salvador (2014 – 2016)
PWAP worked on filtration projects and WASH education curricula in two communities of El Salvador: El Cortez and San Francisco. With BioSand filters functioning in five homes of El Cortez and a large-scale industrial filter system (SkyHydrant) at the local school in San Francisco, we have improved access to clean water for over 300 people. Additionally, we have distributed materials on maintenance, function, and creation to keep the communities informed about all aspects of the technologies in place.
We have also implemented a WASH education program involving a “Message in a Bottle” campaign in both locations targeting improved hygiene practices and sanitation awareness in the youth populations. Initiatives of this kind have been shown to improve community health, school attendance and achievement, and community gender equality.
A final trip to El Salvador by members of PWAP in early 2017 will complete the project, though the NGO with which we partnered will continue to remain a presence in the community ensuring a sustainable solution. Following this upcoming project, the schoolchildren and over 75 families will have a sustainable clean water source.