We have a lot of photos and videos to share with you. Here are all the galleries that we have posted so far. We'll continue to post more, so check back often to see the latest we have been up to!
What's that? You have only a few minutes but want to know how SODIS X can help make your drinking water safer? You like animations too? We've got you covered. ;) Watch the video (3:55 min).
We held interactive learning activities at Huay Malai school. Through games and discussions, the students learned about drinking water safety and treatment methods. We also went to Ban Mai school to follow up on the SODIS X activities of the past month. Also, there were more development on the SODIS X sales at the community stores and the Rainflowr rainwater collector. See the photos.
Our team held hands-on learning activities for the students in Ban Mai school, as part of their science fair. We also discussed business plans with representatives of two local groups and finalized pricing details for the soft launch of SODIS X sales in the communities. Also, we tested the latest prototypes of the Rainflowr rainwater catcher. See the photos.
It had been raining sporadically daily. Our team followed up with different groups of SODIS X adopters. See the photos.
We provided teaching materials for lessons on safe drinking water, treatments, and hygiene to a local school, and they will be used by the nature club and different classes, such as science, arts, and social study, at various grade levels. We also outlined a plan to provide training on drinking-water safety, treatments, and hygiene, and to make SODIS X available, to day-laborers at the border who were amidst a diarrheal outbreak. See the photos.
We visited the users of SODIS X for their feedback at the beginning of another rainy season. Many staffers of development organizations from the Mon state were at PRF for a month-long training on various development areas, including solar drying, drinking-water safety, treatments, and hygiene, hoping to bring back the knowledge to people in their communities. At a local school, a plan was finalized for how the lessons tailored for students would be integrated into different classes and school activities. See the photos.
Our team continued to gather feedback from the SODIS X usability study. We also started a dialogue with the Viakadee community's saving group, which was one of the local businesses who could pursue production and distribution of SODIS X products. We also contacted teachers at Wat Wang school and planned to collaborate on setting up a series of lessons and teaching materials on drinking-water safety, hygiene, and water treatments, for the students See the photos.
After the SODIS X usability study had started for a few weeks, our team started gathering feedback and suggestions from the users. The response thus far had been positive. Many users also indicated that they would buy SODIS X at a fair price and continue to use it in the future. See the photos.
Here's a peak at how SODIS X is being used in Fung Na and Viakadee communities. The users set up SODIS X in the early morning and collected the disinfected water in the late afternoon, as part of their daily routines. Watch the video (4:00 min).
The SODIS X usability study continued in Fung Na, Ban Mai, and Mong Sa Tur communities, and Baan Dada Children Home. Several more families in Viakadee and Moraka communities also started participating in the study. See the photos.
Many more of our team members from MTEC visited the project’s implementation sites and families who were participating in the SODIS X usability study. Baan Dada Children Home, a local non-profit organization that hosts about 50 children from remote areas and supports their education at local schools and colleges, had also recently adopted SODIS X for disinfecting drinking water for the residents. See the photos.
Over 30 households have signed up to use SODIS X for treating drinking water for their families and to also help provide us feedback on the usability of the devices. We went to visit the families a couple weeks after they started using the devices, to get initial feedback and give advice on proper usage. The feedback thus fas has been positive and encouraging! See the photos.
The community health campaign had begun! Here's a look at the activities in one evening, when Taweeke and Sittha visited a few households in Fung Na communities. See the photos.
A video compilation from the 2-day workshop on drinking-water safety and hygiene for community health volunteers and representatives from the target communities, for the upcoming community health campaign. Watch the video (2:58 min).
A 2-day workshop on drinking-water safety and hygiene for community health volunteers and representatives from the target communities, to prepare them for the upcoming community health campaign. See the photos.
Matthias came to Thailand and got to meet and work with the rest of the team in person. We went to revisit the communities in the midst of the rainy season. The material and disinfection studies was nearly coming to the end of the 3-month period. See the photos.
Here's a look at the baseline survey that our team were conducting with the communities in Nonglu subdistrict. In total, we interviewed 386 households in 22 communities. The interviewees were all very gracious and welcoming to our team! Meanwhile, the material and disinfection studies continued in spite of the rain. See the photos.
Here's a short and fun video clip of the stakeholder meeting and community-survey focus group in action. Watch the video (0:54 min).
We invited stakeholders from the communities, including community leaders, health volunteers, saving-group representatives, and health officials from local hospitals, to meet with us, and presented to them the concepts of the UpWater project and conducted a focus group. The disinfection and material studies continued. See the photos.
Here's something fun to watch! Check out our team in action as we set up the material study and started the first day of experiments. Watch the video (1:12 min).
Our team from MTEC went to Pattanarak Training Center to help the local staff start getting ready for the experiments that are parts of the disinfection and material studies. See the photos.
Our team members from MTEC and SGS took a 7-hour ride to Sangklaburi to meet with the staff of Pattanarak and to visit potential implementation sites for the project. We visited and talked to the local people in Fung Na, Ban Mai, Mong Sa Tur, and Song Ka Lia communities, as well as the dayworkers at the Three Pagoda Pass border crossing point. See the photos.