Clean and Conserve Education Program and the Project WET International Network, more than 40 Ecolab Argentina employees worked with Project WET Argentina partner Asociación de Amigos de la Patagonia (AAP) to help more than 300 students better understand water conservation and hygiene. Held on October 17th, a five-hour water festival took place at a public school in a neighborhood near Ecolab’s main industrial site in Pilar, west of Buenos Aires.Combining the power of the
In advance of the festival, which kicked off Ecolab Argentina’s first-ever Corporate Volunteering Day, staff and volunteers from AAP trained Ecolab employees to use the Clean and Conserve Education Program during two workshops. Ecolab employee-volunteers learned how to use Project WET’s interactive teaching methods to help kids better understand the importance of water to health. AAP also helped facilitate the connection with the school in Pilar.
On the day of the festival, primary school students as well as their teachers and school administrator were invited to participate in an afternoon full of funlearning activities that tackled key concepts related to environmental, water and hygiene. They also shared an afternoon snack organized by volunteers and received printed information on what they had learned to share with family and friends.
"Our first Corporate Volunteering Day was very fulfilling,” said Diego Ron, Ecolab Latin America South human resources director. “This activity is part of the company´s Corporate Social Responsibility Program "ECOLABorar" ("ECOLABorate") which aims to support vulnerable communities by channeling Ecolab's knowledge, skills and resources. Thanks to our volunteers’ commitment and enthusiasm, the initiative exceeded our initial expectations.”
"It was a great pleasure to share these activities with this beautiful and amazing community,” said Sebastián M. Homps, AAP executive director. “Pilar is one of the most important cities in the north of the Argentine province of Buenos Aires. The Ecolab Team showed great commitment with the WET activities and enjoyed a great day with the students, and the AAP volunteers also did an excellent job."
To download the Clean and Conserve materials in Spanish, visit www.projectwet.org/cleanandconserve/mx.
Spanish-language materials were prepared for Mexico, one of four target markets launching the Clean and Conserve Education Program. Designed to reach two million people with interactive water conservation and hygiene education by the end of 2017, Clean and Conserve can be used around the world. All materials in the program are available for download and use at no charge. To date, translations and customizations of all materials have been completed in English, Mandarin and Spanish for Mexico. The Activity Guide for Educators is also available in Portuguese for Brazil and French for Canada. German-language customization is underway.
The Project WET Foundation's partnership with Ecolab is part of Ecolab's Solutions for Life program, which enhances the company’s work to conserve water and improve hygiene around the world through partnerships with leading NGOs, global philanthropy and employee volunteerism.