South Asia Pure Water Initiative, Inc. (SAPWII) has always been actively seeking partners to expand the reach of the BioSand water filter technology throughout India. To promote and disseminate the technology, we have given a series of trainings for other organizations that are interested in adopting the BioSand water filter technology in their village development programs as the clean water component. Trainings to date have drawn participants from 22 of India’s 28 States. SAPWII has conducted and/or supported the following trainings:
September 5-9, 2011, Kolar, Karnataka, India:
A course in “Community Health Promotion for Trainers” taught by engineers from the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology, Inc. (CAWST) was conducted and attended by 14 people representing various organizations from all over India.
The Community Health Promoter is essential for the successful implementation of any household water treatment, sanitation or hygiene project. This course will provided participants with the skills to effectively organize, train and monitor Community Health Promoters as part of a new or existing project. The workshop taught community health promoters operation, maintenance, and how to conduct follow-up visits. Community health promoters also learned how to conduct initial technology troubleshooting with the household.
September 12-16, 2011, Kolar, Karnataka, India:
A course in “Project Implementation for the BioSand Filter” taught by engineers from the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology, Inc. (CAWST) was conducted and attended by 15 people representing various organizations from all over India.
The training course fully prepared participants to implement successful household BioSand filter projects.
The participatory workshop includes theory, classroom exercises, demonstrations, open discussion, case studies, guest speakers and hands-on construction. Approximately one-third of the workshop is spent building and installing a BioSand filter. Active participant engagement in learning activities is encouraged.
Theory – Global water issues, microbiology and epidemiology, disease transmission (sanitation and hygiene), household water treatment and safe storage options, sanitation and hygiene, BioSand filter design and operation
Practical – Construction, installation, operation and maintenance of the BioSand filter, selection and preparation of sand media, troubleshooting
Implementation – Dissemination model, project planning, requirements for a successful household water treatment project, developing the vision and next steps after the workshop
Participants were provided with a reference manual and CD containing all of the training materials.