Access to Clean Drinking Water for all students
Education is critical for breaking the cycle of poverty and yet over half of the world’s schools lack access to safe water and sanitation facilities.
Lack of clean water has serious effects on students’ academic performance and attendance rates. The lack of safe water can cause even the best students to lose momentum as they deal with stomach pains and diarrhea from disease and hunger.
Lack of clean drinking water in all the pupil and private schools causes the above . If teachers are sick, classes get cancelled for all students.
Schools cannot run programs if they cannot provide clean drinking water to students and faculty.
Lack of Water = Lack of Equality
For girls, the situation is especially troublesome. If schools do not have proper toilets, girls drop out once they reach puberty. Further, it is typically the responsibility of the students to fetch water thus limiting their access to education. Think about it: everyday, students carry more than 10 pounds of dirty water from sources over 1miles away from their public and private schools. This leaves little time for education which is critical to changing the long term prospects of developing nations.
With the many additional burdens that a lack of clean water brings, education simply becomes less of a priority. This sets up an unfortunate cycle of poverty and inequality as without a proper education, there is little chance of improving one’s situation later in life. The access to clean drinking Water Project is working to break this cycle. Sometimes the first public student voice the student of a community ever have, comes from an individual student who is part of a water campus committee.
JOIN IN AND HELP
Get your school or small group involved For around $34 per student, The ACSVI WATER AND SANTITATION PROGRAM is able to work with local well drillers to build wells at schools and other central locations so kids can stay in school and women can gain a voice in their community. Our goal is to bring clean, sustainable water supplies to within a half mile (1 km) of a village. By making the process of collecting water more time-efficient, we’re giving children (especially girls) a chance to get back in to the classroom to break the cycle of poverty for themselves. You can be a part of the solution to end the gender gap in classrooms across Nigeria and help children stay in schools.
IMPROVING HEALTH FOR ALL STUDENTS
…begins with access to safe Water
Did you know that half of the world’s hospital beds are filled with people suffering from a water-related disease? In developing countries, about 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions. 1 out of every 5 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to a water-related disease. Clean and safe water is essential to healthy living.
Tiny worms and bacteria live in water naturally. Most of the bacteria are pretty harmless. But some of them can cause devastating disease in humans. And since they can’t be seen, they can’t be avoided.
Every glass of dirty water is a potential killer.
Most of these waterborne diseases aren’t found in developed countries because of the sophisticated water systems that filter and chlorinate water to eliminate all disease carrying organisms. But typhoid fever, cholera and many other diseases still run rampant in the developing parts of the world.
relieving hunger in Africa has to begin with access to clean water. It may seem simple, but we forget that without access to a reliable source of water, food is hard to grow and even more difficult to preserve and prepare.
It takes huge amounts of water to grow food. Just think, globally we use 70% of our water sources for agriculture and irrigation, and only 10% on domestic uses.
Water is fundamental to relieving hunger in the developing world. 84% of people who don’t have access to improved water, also live in rural areas, where they live principally through subsistence agriculture. Sometimes, areas that experience a lack of water suffer because of poor water management, but more often it is a relatively simple economic issue that can be addressed. This is the difference between physical and economic scarcity.
The Rural-Urban divide
In Sub-Saharan Africa, people in urban areas areas are twice as likely as people in rural areas to have clean, safe water. Another way that we see the urban-rural divide is in sanitation. While rural areas often have less access to sanitation facilities, in Sub-Saharan Africa the situation is very poor. Only 24% of the rural population and 44% of the urban population have access to sanitation facilities. This means that less than one in three people in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to a proper toilet.
There is hope
A small investment in a clean, safe source of water can have a huge impact on both crop production and the nutrition of a community. In fact, one of the most encouraging things we find when we return to sites where wells have been installed is the many small gardens that have popped up all around.
When we ask communities what improvements they’ve seen as a result of clean water, many send us pictures of their crops – proud of the progress they’ve made.
Sometimes the technologies we fund specifically target increased crop production. For example, we fund weirs (sub-surface sand dams) in very dry places where seasonal water flows can be captured and stored. The dams trap rain water on the few rainy days of the year and over time, ground water levels rise.
People can then collect or store the water for drinking. The leftover water seeps into the ground and creates more fertile fields. Simple sustainable irrigation in these dry areas becomes possible.