"Blue Schools" of Caritas in Cambodia
In the northwest of Cambodia, the rural population lives in the simplest conditions. Although water is available, hygiene is lacking, which exposes children in particular to the risk of disease. This is why Caritas Switzerland is working to improve hygienic conditions in schools. Hygiene is specifically promoted in eight so-called "Blue Schools". Of course, the key is to ensure that clean drinking water is available at all times. But more is needed: Caritas is setting up child-friendly, gender-separated and clean toilets with eco-septic tanks. This includes facilities for washing hands with soap fed by rainwater.
In Blue Schools, children learn about the connections between climate, ecology and health. In the school garden, students learn how food production is closely related to efficient use of natural resources. In a fun way, they improve their knowledge of healthy nutrition, organic farming methods and sustainable land and water use. An important topic at Blue Schools is the avoidance of plastic and the targeted recycling of recyclable materials.
In total, 3150 children in the eight Blue Schools can significantly improve their hygiene situation through this project. Particularly gratifying is the strong commitment of the 100 or so teachers, who are tackling the issue of hygiene with great enthusiasm. The project is so successful that Caritas Switzerland wants to accompany 45 more schools in Cambodia on their way to becoming "Blue Schools".
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1087 - Ocean Protection Plastic Bank, Worldwide - Stop the plastic tide!
Over 8 million tons of plastic waste end up in the ocean every year - one dump truck per minute. In 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. In developing countries in particular, vast amounts of plastic waste are generated by packaging and a lack of infrastructure to dispose of trash. This garbage accumulates on land and very quickly reaches the sea via rivers and through wind.
Money against plastic - that is the approach of this project to prevent this. In Haiti, Indonesia and the Philippines, waste collectors can earn their income in this way. Anyone can collect plastic waste there and exchange it for money, food, drinking water, cell phone credits, cooking oil or even school fees at the local Plastic Bank collection points. The exchanged equivalent value is higher than the actual market value of the plastic, so that the people on site can really live from it.
So plastic does not even get into the sea through this project. It is recycled and processed into so-called social plastic, which in the cycle becomes new products again.
1061 - Clean drinking water Kompong Chnang, Cambodia
Drinking water from filter systems
Nearly a quarter of the people in Cambodia have no access to clean drinking water, well over half live without adequate sanitation. Due to poor hygiene, children die every year from diarrheal diseases. Most families therefore rely on boiling water. This is done over an open flame with wood or coal. This produces toxic smoke that causes respiratory, heart and eye diseases.
The project is working to provide clean drinking water to 1.7 million people in 312,000 households, primarily in rural Cambodia, through subsidized ceramic water filtration systems. The capacity of one system is enough to meet the water needs of a family of five. The filters eliminate the need to boil water with wood or charcoal, thus avoiding CO2 emissions. The project thus provides access to clean water and improves air quality in homes.
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