FRESHWATER IN SCHOOLS
Can you imagine getting up early in the morning to fetch water for your family from a dirty stream or pond, then walking miles and miles home with a heavy bucket, and then having to go to school?
What if your school did not have a bathroom or clean, private place to use the restroom? What if you couldn't wash your hands?
In Malawi, Africa, this is the reality for millions of students at schools in rural areas throughout the country. Young children are charged with retrieving water for their household, often several times a day. This leaves little time for school. If latrines are not available, children have to go to the bathroom outside. Because of these challenges, water-related diseases are spread.
Freshwater Project International, in partnership with the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG), Procter & Gamble and H20 for Life, is giving Rotary clubs and schools around the world a chance to leverage their contributions to bring water, sanitation and hygiene education to schools in Malawi, Africa, through our WASH IN SCHOOLS program.
Through a comprehensive, WAter Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program, 5 pre-selected schools in Malawi will receive a new water-point, latrines, hygiene education and access to P&G's Purifier of Water packets which purify water in their homes.
Your school or Rotary club can sign up to partner with a school in Malawi to help provide clean water, safe sanitation and hygiene education!