Lack of clean drinking water and hand-washing facilities are major causes of illness for children in tropical areas of the world. The resulting illnesses are also a major cause of school absences, poor academic performance and lack of concentration. The United Nations rates Sulu Province, Philippines near the bottom of the global Human Health and Development Index. Our cost-effective clean water program improves public health and supports education needs to build strong and healthy communities.
Sulu province, Philippines is rated on par with the poorest African countries by the United Nations. In many communities, children miss school or perform poorly because of waterborne parasites and illnesses. We will purchase cost effective 500 gallon plastic water tanks, pipes, and wash basins; community volunteers will construct the water supply systems for elementary schools which currently have minimal access to clean water and soap.
Water tanks, pipes, and water purification material will enhance the learning cabilities of children by providing potable water for handwashing and drinking. Water tanks also provide irrigation for vegetable gardens to enhance daily school lunches cooked by mothers of students. Lunches consist of chicken,eggs, vegetable soups and rice. Already in this school year, student performance has improved in schools which have received similar assistance through AAI's clean water support.
The long-term positive impact of this program empowers impoverished communities, improves education via public health and teaches livelihood skills such as gardening and carpentry to children from their parents and teachers. Our social media networks facilitate transparent communication and inspire communities who feel isolated and abandoned. AAI-sponsored schools promote positive attitudes and respect among various cultural groups. This facilitates peaceful cooperation to build peace.