In India, it has been a challenge to universally provide safe drinking water and sanitation facilities. According to the National Family Health Survey, as cited in a 2011 study:*
Additionally, inadequate use of water and sanitation facilities, open defecation, and poor hygiene practices have prevented good quality water and clean sanitation , which would reduce the incidence of diseases and increase productivity and improve quality of life.
The best way to break bad practices is to cultivate good practices, childhood is the best time for that as children are receptive to all influences. Providing education in schools about sanitation and hygiene is key to effecting last change because of the role children play in absorbing and popularizing new ideas and concepts.
International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) and Macro International. National Family Health Survey (NHFS-3), 2005-06: India: Vol. 1 Mumbai: IIPS; 2007.
J Glob Infect Dis. 2010 May–Aug; 2(2):109–111. doi: 10.4103/0974-777X.62882
At the 2017 AWWA India Conference and Exhibition, we debuted a new tool for educating children about water knowledge and practices. In collaboration with the AWWA India Board, a Hindi version of Water Wonder (Adhbhut Pani)
This new illustrated workbook called Water Wonderful, uses simple wording in Hindi, childlike illustrations and interactive sections that enhance a child’s creativity. The book is written in international English and Hindi and is intended to teach children between 5 and 8 years of age the importance of preserving water and ways of using it in their day-to-day lives.
If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or wish to purchase copies of Water Wonderful for direct community impact please contact our Sr. Manager International Programs