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Thanks to the support of Earth Council Geneva, International Medical Corps is currently rehabilitating water points at six primary schools in Damot-Pulasa and Boloso-Sore woredas. IMC decided to focus on providing potable water at schools as children often miss class due to illness caused by diseases associated with unsafe water, or because they need to travel far distances to find and collect water for their families. Our partner IMC is currently installing piping to bring water community-based sources to the schools, where water points are now functional, and training the members of six special committees on how to maintain them. 

To help promote behavior change for proper hygiene among the children, the six schools now have water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) clubs. IMC's approach, using games, exercises and role-play, takes advantage of the natural attributes that children have: less knowledge and experience, fewer responsibilities and an eagerness to learn. They have created action plans for their schools and we have noticed a change in student personal hygiene, including the proper utilization of latrines and handwashing after their use. Solid waste is also now being properly managed by installing dust bins. The bins and handwashing stations have both been made by students using local materials such as bamboo and disused plastic Jerry cans.

In summary, each of the six primary schools identified for improvements in access to safe water, have also seen improvements in terms of attitudes, behaviors and practices related to environmental sanitation and proper hygiene. 

  • 9,872 students, and 170 faculty and staff, will have access to safe water by the end of the project
  • 100 key influential political, community and religious leaders—40 of whom were women—have been engaged through advocacy
  • 180 WASH club members and 26 school staff received training and materials 
  • 56 members of the six committees associated with the primary schools are receiving training on the maintenance of the new safe water systems

WASH club training at Gurmukoysha Primary School in Boloso-Sore

 

WASH club training and solid waste management at Olola Primary School in Damot-Pulasa

  WASH committee training sessions in Damot-Pulasa and Boloso-Sore

 

 

 

We are delighted to hear of Giovanni's victory in recent's election and are proud to add our congratulations. We look forward for further productive cooperation on our programs and projects.

"A thank you also to all Earth Council Geneva donors"

Reto Braun

 

 

"Thanks to all who support the Earth Council Geneva, so we can be part of these projects"

Reto Braun

 

A remarkable Canadian and friend of the Earth, Maurice Strong, died November 27th, 2015.

Maurice was instrumental in founding the Earth Council Geneva, and remained as Honorary Member of our our Board.

The Board of Directors of the Earth Council Geneva is grateful for his guidance and support. 

Below the Invitation to Attend the Celebration of the Life of Maurice Strong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

On Friday October 2nd 2015, at Auditorium Scampia, Earth Council Italia presented the international preview of the project "From unsustainable disasters to sustainable development", which aims to gather signatures in support of the proposal to introduce environmental education into academic programs. More education means more nature. Preparing young people to learn about the territory andhaving more sensitivity to the environment means beginning to address those problems that now affect the entire planet and which are no longer just sensational documentaries.

Killer storms, ice-bombs, landslides of impressive proportions that change deeply the original condition of the premises are unfortunately, events to which we are assisting with driving frequency.

Not only these phenomena indicate a worrying change. Others, such the disappearance of some species and the appearance of others, in addition to the rampant spread of diseases, which are often irreversible, due to the contamination of the food chain, have little or no space at all in the news even when the alarm comes from the most accredited scientific community.

The cultural association "Dapaumpa", with the decisive participation of the RR Sound and the a collaboration of District VIII, in particular the President, lawyer Angelo Pisani and director Luciano Acciavatti, organized in a symbolic place of Naples, the Auditorium Scampia, a show that brought together two important experiences: a concert of Radiska - young artists of Scampia who from an early age chose music against all forms of degradation, and one of the accredited international organizations that has been engaged for years on issues related to protection of the environment, as Earth Council Italy, Earth Council Geneva and, above all, the Betsy Gordon Foundation.

Scampia, capital of waste and largest square to sell drugs in Europe, this Land of Fires is the only negative and widespread image of a city and a community that, on the contrary, is known worldwide for its arts -the music in particular- and its culture. Naples wants to recover its most qualified identity, and it launches a major international proposal so that, through education, the awareness that the Earth is our home increase.

The show was hosted by another prestigious name in the symbol of the Neapolitan culture in the world: Fabrizio Fierro.

 

 

International Medical Corps shares an update on the Nepal Earthquake response, while expressing their deep appreciation of the Earth Council Geneva’s modest support. 

 

To date, in just over three months, International Medical Corps’ work has benefitted more than 200,000 people in the hardest-hit communities, including:

  • 157,552 people will have greater access to care through 13 health facilities that International Medical Corps is rebuilding, in partnership with the Nepal government
  • 28,200 men, women and children benefitted from the distribution of cash grants, helping them access food and other urgently-needed supplies
  • 21,155 people are benefitting from the distribution of 4,231 hygiene kits, helping families purify water, wash their hands and maintain good hygiene practices
  • 19,625 people are benefitting from 785 newly-built emergency latrines across 5 districts, thwarting the spread of disease
  • 8,806 people have access to ongoing care through mobile physical therapy units, helping them overcome quake-related and other injuries
  • And much, much more.

Today, 2.8 million people in Nepal are still in need of assistance; many of them are also at risk from landslides and other effects of the current monsoon season.  Much remains to be done and International Medical Corps will continue to bring services to those most in need, and work with local partners and the government of Nepal to build back stronger.

 

 

Earth Council Geneva is responding to the Nepal earthquake by supporting International Medical Corps to provide emergency care to survivors with lifesaving medical supplies and care. 

Two days after the massive earthquake rocked Nepal, International Medical Corps First Responders were on the ground in the hard-hit Gorkha district, at the epicenter of the quake, delivering urgently needed health care and distributing lifesaving supplies. 

In Kathmandu, International Medical Corps teams visited overwhelmed hospitals and a displaced persons camp, the largest in town, with roughly 5,000 people. No shelter is available and water and sanitation systems are very limited. Roads are destroyed and blocked, making some communities accessible only by foot – at times, a 2 hour trek over harrowing terrain. The potential for outbreaks of waterborne illnesses and other communicable diseases is very high, and deteriorating weather conditions, including cold temperatures, rain and thunderstorms will only exacerbate already difficult conditions.

Earth Council Geneva, in line with many previous engagements, supports the efforts through International Medical Corps to provide clean water with the mobile medical units for people in need to prevent disease. 

Earth Council Geneva helps International Medical Corps to open a new Ebola treatment unit in Liberia