Bolivian Blue School Report

by Rachel Nisbet | 29 May 2019
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We are delighted that the Bolivian Blue School and health post we established in collaboration with Sumaj Punchay has now been operational for over six months. Sumaj Punchay means 'towards better days’ in the Quechua language. This NGO has a holistic approach to development. They approached our NGO as IRHA’s Blue School model fulfills their own development targets of education, disease prevention, securing food sovereignty and managing natural resources. The school and associated health center, for which we have provided a rain-harvested drinking water supply, is located in the Trapiche Bajo community, Betanzos, within the Potosi department. This project benefits 173 schoolchildren, who now have access to drinking water and new toilet facilities (previously, there were only six toilets for the school). Grey water from the sinks is used to irrigate crops planted in traditional, underground Bolivian greenhouses called Walipani and in outdoor garden plots. Sumaj Punchay initially conceived this project as a pilot scheme, which they hoped to scale-up. Their long-term objective is to harvest, store and distribute rainwater at other primary and secondary schools in the region. They have already constructed a further rainwater reservoir within the community of Chilcani. Please reach out to us, if you wish to support Sumaj Punchay and IRHA provide similar facilities within a further three communities in the Betanzos District.

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Our projects

The Blue Schools

This program aims to educate school children to the management of water, sanitation and good hygiene practices, but also the recovery of waste to make blue schools, incubators of social change "

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Rain, Forest and People

Climate change requires us to rethink our management methods and practices. This project aims to build community resilience by combining better management of water resources, trees and soil.

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Rain Community

Changes in rainfall patterns in the mid-hillls of Nepal disrupting the subsistence agriculture. The project aims to implement better water resource management at the watershed level to promote water infiltration.

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Emergency Rain

The "Emergency Rain" project aims to provide access to clean water and restore dignity for those who have nothing, the forgotten from water services, who live on the outskirts of our cities and have to fight every day to access even water for drinking.

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Workshops: Water and the City

The objective of this workshop is to bring school children to become aware of their environment, and to be able to implement durable, sustainable solutions in their city.

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Workshop: in the rain ink

The aim of this "In the rain ink" project is to transform the representations of rainwater seen as a nuisance, poetically using the urban environment in which we live.

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