Education, clean water and well-being
Access to clean drinking water is a human right. Even so, 663 million people in the world lack access to clean water. And many of them are living in Indonesia.
Children are severely affected by lack of access to clean water. They become easily dehydrated and sick, a condition which makes it difficult to concentrate in school. Like in many other parts of the world, dirty drinking water in Indonesia also has a negative impact on the environment with a large amount of plastic bottles ending up in nature, as a result of those who can afford it buying bottled drinking water.
In the area of Yogyakarta, the organization Project Child was founded 2013. The goal was to have more parents put their children in school instead of in work. Soon, it was realized that dirty drinking water made it difficult for the children to concentrate in classes. Therefore, “Drinking Water Program” was launched to install water filters at 24 schools in the area. This would allow access to clean drinking water to 3,000 students.
Today, more children are drinking clean water and positive effect in terms of better study results are showing. At the same time, some positive environmental impacts have begun. The number of plastic bottles in nature around the school has decreased. By including parents, teachers and locals in the design of the project, Project Child contributes to healthier children with brighter futures and a more prosperous environment.
In the second location “Sekolah Pantai”, the Beach School in Pacitan, works together with different schools and offers environmental, English and health education. The main emphasis of the education program is on ocean conservation, especially how to deal with and avoid plastic waste and what to do to improve the situation.
There are weekly classes that children can attend besides their normal school. Activities like a Beach-CleanUp shows them the urgency to react to the plastic pollution. Additionally, to the educational programs, are activities to give the children place to play and having fun. The last event was an outbound event, that was carried out in order to appreciate the children, who came to the weekly classes over the last 6 months and enriched their knowledge by learning about topics like ocean conservation, plastic reduction, pollution etc.