Saturday, January 22, 2011

Local school students make pictographs for project


High school students from Troy and Novi Rotary Interact clubs in Michigan met with John and Eileen Heasley and volunteers to learn about biosand filters.

The students plan to make pictograph directions to accompany the written directions given to those receiving a filter 2011 Ecuador Water Filter Project.

Epidemiologist Erica Gwynn organized the project. Erica worked in Mexico as part of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship in 2007-8. Erica explained that during that year, it was the young people that made her project a success and they continue to implement her changes. Now that she has returned, she wants to motivate our young people to help bring safe drinking water to those in most need.

The four-hour workshop began with a discussion about the benefits of the biosand filter and how it works. The group then spent time sifting sand and gravel to actually commission a filter. Interactors were excited about the project. They learned more about how the biosand filter works and met new friends to work with them on the project.

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