In many places around the world water is a scarce commodity. With an influx of refugees over the past several years, Jordan’s water supply has been stretched even more.
MCC material resources staff had the opportunity recently to travel to Jordan and see first-hand how MCC is partnering with Madaba for Supporting Development (MSD) to work at water conservation strategies in nine schools in the Madaba and Al Jeza districts. The schools are in rural, impoverished areas where access to water is a luxury.
A component of the program is teaching students, staff and school administrators about the importance of conserving water and how they can help reduce water waste. Along with providing bathroom and hand-washing facilities, this also includes installing tanks at the schools to collect wastewater from hand washing, dishes and other activities. This greywater is then used for irrigating school gardens.
In addition, they paint the school building bright colors to make the schools an exciting place for children to want to come.
Sarah Geiser, MCC Great Lakes Material Resources Coordinator in Kidron, Ohio, was inspired by what she saw. “When we pulled up to the schools you could tell that it was an environment that children would want to learn in,” she said. “The colors helped to make it a cheerful place in the middle of a dry and dusty landscape.”
Not only is the project making the schools a more inviting place for students, but it’s helping to change social behaviors and attitudes about water conservation.
MSD works to create opportunities for community dialogue between refugees and local citizens about environmental issues and to provide and maintain adequate fresh water systems in their communities.