Water, Sanitation, Hygiene & Disaster Recovery

Our education team has been working to adapt to the many changes that came with Hurricane Dorian in September 2019. In November 2019, we were offered the opportunity to collaborate with local and international NGO's to create an educational component that compliments the installation of new water catchment systems in 13 local Abaco schools. We took this role on with enthusiasm and began writing a curriculum for both primary and high school levels. Due to the closing of schools in late March because of COVID-19, implementation of this program was delayed. We have since become a recipient of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy's (CDP) 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund, and have digitized the curriculum for virtual learning thanks to Samaritan's Purse.

The WASH & DRY (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Disaster Recovery) curriculum will be the newest addition to our local school programs, and will eventually be tied into our regular programs at FRIENDS, ie. after school clubs, summer camps etc. 

A sneak peek into the WASH & DRY digitized curriculum. Each lesson has been transformed into a presentation that can be done virtually.  

WASH & DRY will increase awareness amongst Abaco school children regarding the importance of maintaining a clean, fresh water supply and share information on how to improve hygiene and water conservation practices, being sensitive to the context of hurricane recovery and disaster preparedness. This curriculum offers a national and international perspective on water availability, with an emphasis on water availability in island nations, and understanding the challenges that these island nations face in addressing water quality and quantity issues related to groundwater, wetlands, and aquifers. The material in this curriculum expands on the freshwater material already found in our Bahamian school curriculum. Our hope is to work closely with local teachers to emphasize this material with students, as well as offer already planned lessons for their convenience. 

Our partners from Water Mission and Samaritan's Purse are working on the installation of new water catchment systems on 13 local schools. They are as follows: 

  1. Cooper's Town Primary

  2. Fox Town Primary

  3. S.C. Bootle High

  4. Cherokee Sound Primary

  5. Crossing Rocks Primary

  6. J.A. Pinder Primary

  7. Hope Town Primary

  8. Man - O - War Primary

  9. Amy Robert's Primary

  10. Moore's Island All Age 

  11. Central Abaco Primary

  12. Long Bay School

  13. Every Child Counts


Please note: We will be working closely to implement the WASH & DRY curriculum with these local schools first and foremost, however, virtual presentations are available to all schools at this time. 

We'd like to highlight our partners in this program, including the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Samaritan's Purse, Water Mission, the Water and Sewerage Corporation of The Bahamas and The Goodness Tour

Connect with us!

Please reach out to learn more about our programs or to find how you can become part of FRIENDS' work in Abaco. 

Email: info@friendsoftheenvironment.org

Phone: 242-801-0235 (Executive Director)

Please bear with us. We are still rebuilding our infrastructure following Hurricane Dorian.

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