Imagine that you are a small child sitting on the floor of a brick classroom with no windows in the middle of an arid desert… Your school doesn’t have enough clean drinking water for the students, so your choices are to skip class and go home or drink some salt water from the groundwater pump at the school…
Millions of schoolchildren in developing countries are not imagining these types of situations—it’s their reality.
The lack of clean drinking water combined with poor sanitary conditions in rural developing country schools cause the schoolchildren to be prone to many water borne illnesses; as a result, dropout and absenteeism rates increase drastically. Without proper drinking water, how can these thirsty students concentrate at school and get the education they are entitled to?
Schoolgirls have it even worse. Without proper privacy and sanitation in school restrooms, they’re forced to make a choice between their biology and their education; naturally, biology always wins. The schoolgirls go home, and without a proper education these girls often are put to labor for their parents or are forced to marry early. These schoolgirls should not have to make that choice. They should be able to take care of their biological functions properly at school, enabling them to continue their education without interruptions.
With the trusted help of the Sehgal Foundation, we are working to provide rural schoolchildren in developing countries with the clean drinking water and restroom sanitation they need in order to get an education. But our best resource isn’t a rainwater harvesting tank or a biosand filter—it’s you. With your loyal support, we can quench the thirst—both their thirst for water and thirst for education—of thousands of schoolchildren in developing countries and make a difference in the world we all share.
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We modernized four schools, serving thousands of students, providing them clean drinking water and running water in toilets. This is just the beginning. We need to do more.
We install bio-sand filters to clean the water and provide year round drinking water for students. We train community members and teachers to take care of the system, maintain it so it can last generations.