Article courtesy of Amanda Wu | November 18, 2014 | Women of China | Shared as educational material
The Water Cellar for Mothers/Safe School Water Project was put into action at four schools in Fengning County of Chengde City, in north China’s Hebei Province, on November 13, 2014, providing 1,554 students with safe drinking water.
Because of the Fengning region’s complex topographical features, the poverty-stricken county still has much progress to be made with respect to its drinking-water facilities — with both quality and quantity in need of improvement.
In 2014, the China Women’s Development Foundation (CWDF) included Fengning County in its Water Cellar for Mothers/Safe School Water Project and invested a total of 400,000 yuan (US $65,315) to carry out the project at Fengjiadian Central Primary School, Xiguanying Primary School, Fengning Special Education Center and Datan Primary School, all of which are located within the county.
The project has reconstructed the four schools’ water supply systems, hand-washing rooms and water-drinking rooms and has installed direct water dispensers and drinking-water boilers, effectively granting the 1,554 students access to clean drinking water.
The program has also promoted environmental knowledge among the students and teachers, helping them to develop water-saving habits to be used in addition to the newly upgraded facilities.
Water Cellar for Mothers is a centralized charity and water supply project co-launched by the All-China Women’s Federation (ACWF) and the CWDF. Since its inception in 2001, the charity project has focused on helping people mainly in China’s western region, especially women, to get alleviate poverty caused by severe water shortage.
In 2011, the CWDF updated the Water Cellar for Mothers safe drinking water project to include schools across the country.