The project:Drink Up Nias, Indonesia
Technologies used:Nazava Bening 1 Water Filter
For many poor families living on Nias Island, North Sumatra, affording and accessing clean drinking water is a daily struggle. With little infrastructure on the island, and very little available income to buy water, many families are isolated and unable to access this daily necessity. As a result, many families either boil their water to make it safe to drink or drink it unfiltered from dams and rivers. Collecting water is a time-consuming process and consuming unpurified water can lead to water-borne diseases.
We connected 40 Nazava Bening 1 Water Filters to families with a disabled family member who are facing financial hardship. Through this project, we provided a safe, long-term solution to access affordable drinking water.
Our local partner on Nias Island, Yayasan Caritas Pengembangan Sosial Ekonomi-Keuskupan Sibolga distributed the water filters for free to people with disabilities in six districts: Sogae, Adu, Gido, Gunungsitoli Idanoi, Gunungsitoli Barat, Gunungsitolo Utara and Alasa Talamuzio. They engaged the technology users one at a time, and taught the users how to clean, and maintain the water filter. In addition, they will help distribute replacement tulip filters when they are needed.
The main challenges the local partner experienced were:
- Finding that three plastic containers were damaged during the trip to the village by car. These containers were later replaced by Kopernik.
- Finding it was difficult to convince the families that the water is clean and safe to drink immediately after the demonstration. After watching the demonstration videos from Nazava, the families began to trust the technology.
- Learning how long it takes for the water to be filtered on the very first time that the filter is used.