With adequate funding ASoH will not only bring drinking water to over 200 more children at the Leap School, Jane Furse campus but will also expand their gardening program with water for irrigation providing at least one nutritious meal per day. Many of these children are orphans and/or are suffering from HIV - the availability of of clean water, coupled with on-going training and technical support, has been shown to improve health conditions, combat poverty, and promote education.
A brand-new LEAP school in Jane Furse in the remote Sekhukhune district of Limpopo opened its doors in 2012. The school is located in one of the worst performing provinces. By bringing water to the school, not only will the students benefit from this life saving resource but will be taught gardening practices, proper sanitation and hygiene. By developing a larger garden they will be able to provide fresh vegetables for the village and also engaging that community.
ASoH will not only bring water to these 200+ children by drilling a well to provide a continuous source for clean water. One of the things that makes ASoH different from other water organizations is that our goal is to also develop a long term collaborative effort with these schools. Providing the water is just the beginning. The school wants to see itself providing: Training to increase skills; Improve health and; Planting higher value crops for income to support projects.
This well will provide the school with water not only for drinking but for sanitation, food preparation, and irrigation. Indirect benefits include an increase in school attendance and graduation rates; especially for girls who would otherwise spend hours a day transporting water. In the schools request for assistance they say the long term benefits will include: selling vegetables to the members of the community and to motivate students to start vegetable gardens at their homes.