Secure drinking water flows equally to each home and the village schoolhouse.
Children participate in weekly hygiene classes at the village schoolhouse. Basic hygiene practices are part of the school curriculum. Our programming was in partnership with the health and education ministry.
Mothers learn how to test the water supply on-site using a portable microbiology laboratory that delivers results in 24 hours. Bi-monthly health classes were held and well attended by the moms.
The village schoolhouse has bathrooms; flush latrines and a naturally decomposing septic system. There are separate sides for the boys and girls. The structure was built using rocks from the river and palms from the forest
Children are responsible for the daily and weekly maintenance of the bathrooms and the utility sinks at the schoolhouse.
Each village home has a stone utility sink with an underground greywater drain. Up to 25 people can live in one dwelling. Families were responsible for building their sinks.
The children created artwork for a healthy lifestyle campaign. Thirteen painting in four languages, Spanish, Matsigenka, Quechua, and Huachipaeri were exhibited at the UN Indigenous Forum in NYC in May 07.
The village water committee fully participated in the building the gravity flow water systems, utility sinks, greywater drains, and the bathrooms and septic system. The monitor and secure water quality in the village.
Babies are now being born healthier, because the mothers are better educated through out health, nutrition and hygiene programming.
Children learned how to test the bacterial levels in their water supply with the portable microbiology lab.