Training and Education Program Overview

While access to clean water is the core activity, training and education will be a primary focus in order to create a larger model of sustainability. Water used in ways that are healthy and promote good hygiene potentially have a much broader impact. Access to clean water creates larger opportunities and challenges.

Training and education will be the avenue for successful community control and access to tools that can be used for broader, more lasting change. The challenges include changing habits around water use and management while still being respectful of history and culture.

1) Organizational - training and skill development prior to drilling and construction,
2) Operations and Maintenance - management training in accounting, maintenance, and distribution,
3) Health and Hygiene Program - training on personal, communal, and agricultural practices involving water.

MMI will provide ongoing support for training and education.

In the organizational phase the stage is set for the creation of the Water Resource Council. This involves building relationships, gathering allies and identifying the best candidates in the community to participate in the program.

Once the members have been selected and agreed to by the community, a series of meetings and training sessions will be conducted by a MMI representative or other organizations with particular expertise. This series includes program development, administrative practices and guidelines in areas such as record keeping and water distribution, implementation guidelines, and organizational practices and procedures.

Operation and Maintenance Training
This portion of the program includes hands-on involvement in the design and construction of the wells. The selected contractor participates in the education of the members during construction, and provides a maintenance manual for the proper procedures necessary to maintain the equipment. An MMI representative coordinates all the training and communication between the contractor and the WRC members to help insure that the members get the required skills to operate and maintain the equipment.

Health & Hygiene Training
The training begins with health and hygiene awareness, moves to heath and hygiene training, and then the implementation of a sustainable health and hygiene program that is designed to meet each community’s needs and will be supported by trained/educated community members. Without these activities, many communities could just revert back to the way things have always been done without understanding how to capture the broader benefits of access to clean water.