The schools current nearest source of clean water is a shallow well that is 8 kms away. This distance makes the well unusable to the children and the surrounding villages, so the only water they can get is from a nearby lake. The lake is very polluted, so the children are often very sick or have intestinal parasites caused by drinking this water There are 713 children that attend the Gwanika Primary school, 379 boys and 334 girls, of these 36 are orphans. These children need clean water.
Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease. These deaths are often preventable just by giving them a source of clean water. Drop in the Bucket builds wells and sanitation systems at schools and villages in Africa. We believe the children the Gwanika Primary School deserve the same basic opportunities to live safe, healthy and happy lives as children in places where access to clean water and sanitation are available. We would like to build a well at this school.
According to the World Water Assessment Program access to safe drinking water can make a significant contribution to: (a) eradication of poverty; (b) increased school attendance; (c) reduction in diarrheal infections and malaria; (d) decrease in maternal and child-mortality rates. Drop In The Bucket believes we can help create a world in which children are safe, healthy, educated and free from fear. And we believe that the key to achieving those ends is clean water and sanitation.