Educational activity on water and sanitation issues within the Smart Water for Green Schools project in Nevgody village

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Within the new GCI's Smart Water for Green Schools project (SWGS) at the financial assistance of International Forum Committee (IFC) and World Water Council (WWC) on 15 and 19 February, 2013 the trainings on the topics “Integrated approach on access to water, sanitation and conservation of watersheds and water resources" and “Water, sanitation and hygienic practices” were held for children and the adult population of Nevgody on the base of National Ecology and Nature Center (NENC) and in Nevgody village, Ovruch region, Zhytomyr oblast.

The partners and specialists of Kyiv International Institution of Sociology provided informational and advisory services to the local population on expert assessment of the drinking water problems in Nevgody. The conduction of three focus-groups with the participation of the villagers enabled to take the opinion of local residents about the existing problems. At the final stage of the focus groups project the video – and audio report will be presented to the partners and stakeholders.

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Opening the events, GCU Chairman of the Board, Executive director Yuriy Sapiga familiarize the villagers with the Green Cross activity, implemented both in Ukraine and other countries of the world.  He also narrated about the measures within the joint activity in 2013 and expressed his wishes regarding the provision of assistance under the planed activities. The head of the Nevgody village council A.V. Demydchuk and local population fully supported the initiative and expressed their gratitude for concern and attention paid to the settlement of their problems and health improvement. GCU Project Coordinator Tatiana Ishchenko talked with the participants about the implementation of the project on water and sanitation and informed about the activity of the organization in the projects of social and medical care program (SOCMED), under which the assistance has been provided earlier and continues in 2013.

Training were conducted by Volodymyr Nazarenko, professor of the National Environmental Academy of Postgraduate Education and Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, Ph.D. in Biology, academician of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, leading researcher of the O.V. Palladin Institute of Biochemistry , and Maria Dudnik, context specialist of National Ecology and Nature Center of Ukraine. On the side of Kyiv International Institute of Sociology the event was attended by Daryna Pyrohova, Iryna Miniaylo and Dmytro Khutkyi. The Head of the Research is Dmitriy Krakovich. Mass media were also invited to the meeting.

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In addition to the useful information on water and sanitation, water resources, water supply and access to safe drinking water, relation of water consumption with human health and efficient use of water resources, local people were advised and gained good practical knowledge on water treatment at home that they can use in everyday life. The workshop was held in the form of interactive, with discussions, demonstration of practical examples, problem solving and brainstorming, that, in turn, helped the audience to assimilate the information better and gain useful skills.

Through such media companies people will be able to raise awareness on environmental, water and sanitation issues, as well as to acquire necessary knowledge about the diseases prevention and, thus, improve their health and the health of their children.

Green Cross Ukraine is expressing its gratitude to the partners and sponsors who have made possible the conduction of such events, and public awareness campaign. We would aslo like to thank head of Nevgody village council A.V. Demydchuk and director of the local school O.M. Zubriychuk, the Kiev International Institute of Sociology, the National Ecology and Nature Center for cooperation, support and assistance.

We always welcome everybody who has a desire to participate in and contribute to the future projects of Green Cross, both in Ukraine and abroad.

The views expressed herein should not be taken, in any way, to reflect the official opinion of  IFC & WWC.

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