16 February 2015
Wavin systems arrive in Bhutan
The first shipments of Wavin-donated materials have arrived at the UNICEF storage facility in Bhutan. As reported in May, Wavin has shipped 8 containers of products, including Wavin AquaCell units to build specially designed rainwater buffers and Wavin Kanion roofgutters which will be installed to catch the rainwater and transport it to the buffers.
UNICEF and Ministry of Health representatives were present to receive the goods and to make sure they are stored properly until they are ready for transportation to the schools where they will be installed. Installation will commence when all materials have arrived and installers have been contracted.
Providing Essentials for Children (PE4C)
Wavin and UNICEF have been working together under the name Providing Essentials for Children to provide clean drinking water and proper sanitation for children since 2005. The collaboration includes three components: money, products and expertise. After successful projects in Mali, Papua New Guinea and Nepal, the focus is now on Bhutan.
PE4C in Bhutan
Having access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation is a major problem in the sparsely populated inhospitable country of Bhutan. 30% of schools do not have access to clean drinking water and 44% of schools have no sanitation. Wavin and UNICEF are committed to improve sanitation in 38 schools and water storage systems will be installed at 26 schools. Moreover, teachers are trained in the importance of good hygiene. In total we reach approximately 5,000 children with this project.