Celebrating our ONE HUNDRETH rain catchment system for indigenous schools without safe water.
schools report their abenteeism rates from sickness drop from as high as 70% to less than 10%
School principals in the Bocas del Toro region of Panama often report that up to 70% of their students are chronically sick from bad water. Diarrhea, dysentery and skin diseases cause many indigenous students to miss classes, fall behind and get discouraged. Many then drop out, perpetuating the "cycle of poverty" among indigenous people from one generation to another.
OSDW installs rain catchment systems that provide safe, disease-free water from the abundant tropical rains. The water is used for drinking and cooking school lunches.
Principals report their absenteeism rate dramatically drops to less than 10% within 3 months of having clean, safe water.
Our rain catchment systems are simple, low-maintenance and last for years, with only one moving part -- the faucet. Each system provides safe water for an average of 120 students and 250 villagers living nearby.
Our more than one hundred rain catchment systems now bring safe, disease-free waterto 35,000 indigenous students and villagers.
$25 will provide safe water to fifty indigenous students $50 will provide disease-free drinking water to 125 students. $100 will provide safe drinking water for 300 students. $975 will provide a rain-catchment system for an entire school.
(We put your name or that of a loved one on the tank and sendyou photos, name of school and a "thank you" scroll signed bythe principal, teachers and all the students.)
OSDW is an all-volunteer 501 c 3 charity. No one receives a salary or compensation.
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