Information and education play an important role in reducing the large number of water-borne diseases in rural and peri-urban regions in developing countries. In many areas, people are not sufficiently aware of the links between drinking contaminated water, poor hygiene and widespread diseases. In addition to ensuring access to drinking water at our "Safe Water Enterprises", we carry out a wide range of educational work in schools and communities. The aim is to make people aware of how consuming drinking water and maintaining high standards of hygiene can benefit their own health and that of their children.
We have developed practical training which is successfully used in the communities around the "Safe Water Enterprises". This training is based on learning through discovery and the sharing of practical and flexible knowledge. It is aimed at influential figures in the communities who can pass on the knowledge to the local population and ensure that it becomes part of day-to-day life. The methodology behind the hygiene training is based on the Siemens Stiftung's "Experimento" education program along with local approaches for training and social marketing.