Gansu Project Report

Many primary schools in rural Gansu do not have access to clean tap water for drinking. In some areas, they drink rain water straight from storage cisterns under the schoolyard. On November 6, three RISE members travelled to Gansu to work with Wennuan Shuibei in local rural primary schools and improve access to cleaner water through the promotion of biosand filters (BSFs).
清源协会赴甘肃开展“温暖水杯”活动. 2014年11月6日-9日,受甘肃“温暖水杯”项目合作邀请,清源协会一行3人前往甘肃,在当地农村小学开展了以促进小学生健康饮用水为主题的生物满滤池技术推广公益活动。

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With the support of the China Environmental Protection Foundation, we sent three RISE members and a number of local volunteers to two separate primary schools. We successfully built BSFs in Wankou Primary School near Huining and Gongjing Primary School near Yuzhong.
清源协会派去的3名成员分别前往2所学校指导当地志愿者搭建BSF。在中华环境保护基金会的大力支持下,由“温暖水杯”项目准备搭建BSF所需的塑料桶和水管、当地小学准备石头和沙子,我们在会宁县四房乡湾口小学、榆中县兴隆山北山贡井小学各为孩子们成功搭建了一个生物慢滤池(BSF)。

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The biosand filter is a simple, cheap and effective small-scale adaptation of the traditional slow sand filter that contains layers of sand and gravel. Our local partner Wennuan Shuibei was tasked with organising the plastic buckets and pipes required to build the BSFs. The local schools were responsible for organising the stones and gravel.
同时“温暖水杯”还组织志愿者给当地学生上了一节饮水健康课,并赠送了卫生环保的喝水杯和热水器。前不久,参与贡井小学BSF建造的兰州大学志愿者对贡井小学进行了回访,BSF的运行一切正常,成效显著,老师和同学们都很高兴。

During our time at the schools, Wennuan Shuibei also organised volunteers to teach students about how to drink water in a healthy way and gave out quality drinking cups to the students and water heaters to the schools. A short time after our trip, the school said they were very happy the BSF.
活动历时三天,志愿者们经历了冷水洗沙、洗石、筛沙的辛苦,也经历了与当地小学对接不畅的诸多突发状况,但更多的是为我们能够帮助改善当地的水质、促进解决小学生的饮水安全问题、进一步在落后地区推广生物满滤池技术感到高兴,同时,志愿者们从这次活动对公益有了更多深切的体会。

The volunteers put in a lot of hard work during the activity: sieving sand, washing it with freezing cold water, washing stones and also experiencing life in a relatively poor rural area. But we were happy to do it because it meant we could help improve the school’s water quality, increase access to safer water and promote the BSF in an underdeveloped area where it was very much needed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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