Zindagi Trust’s network of schools for working children is planning an Environmental Day in June to promote awareness about Clean Drinking Water.
Contaminated drinking water is one of the major causes of health problems for people specially living in the slum areas where most of our students live and work.
We believe that awareness and education can be powerful tools in the fight against water-borne diseases, so we have launched an awareness campaign about the health hazards of drinking unclean water to educate communities through the children in our schools.
The first step of this campaign is to collect data on how water is used in our students’ houses and determine whether any precautions are taken to clean or filter drinking water at home. For this purpose, the teachers at our schools have given students 3 simple questions to be asked at home in order to build the foundation for the campaign:
• How is water supplied to your houses?
• What can happen if you drink polluted water?
• How can you make water at home safe for drinking?
Another survey questionnaire on clean drinking water at home was given to the students as a take-home activity late last month. The students were instructed to conduct interviews with their parents & nearby neighbors & share the results with their teachers. This questionnaire consisted of the following questions:
Do you purify water at home before drinking it? a) Yes b) no
Which method do you use to purify water at home? a) Boiling b) Aqua tablets c) other
The data collected by the students will be discussed this month (June) and depending on the findings an activity will be organized to guide the families on how to purify the water they drink.
In the light of the data collected from parents a post-activity in the 1st week of June'12 will be followed by discussion where students would discuss how water could be purified before use or even after use.
Some of the survey results are already in. Our 540 students in Lahore found that out of their families and communities only 21% filter of boil their water before consumption. We look forward to working with the rest of the data to plan an effective strategy for our Environmental Day in the coming month.
Report by: Jahanara Shiraz, Director Academics, ZT-Non-Formal Schools