At E.P.I.C., we understand the importance of bringing hygiene and sanitation education to the local people, as well as providing them with access to safe, clean drinking water. One of the obvious reasons is that if clean water suddenly becomes available to them, but if they are not made aware of the necessity to collect and store the water in clean containers, then it will immediately become contaminated upon collection.
According to the World Health Organization, no single type of intervention has a greater overall impact on the national development of public health than does the provision of safe drinking water and proper disposal of human excreta. Human feces are the primary source of diarrheal pathogens. Poor sanitation, lack of access to clean water, and inadequate personal hygiene are responsible for an estimated 90 percent of childhood diarrhea (WHO 1997).
Members of E.P.I.C. go into each community after a well has been drilled and the hand-pump has been installed, to teach the women and children of the village things such as:
- Germ transmission
- Proper hand-washing practices
- Importance of brushing teeth
- Maintenance of the well
- Proper water collection and storage
- Proper sanitation practices