Arts To End Genocide's mission is to help the world's vulnerable, medically under served children. We developed, and run a number of projects. "Heeling Our World" teaches mothers throughout Africa to make shoes to protect children against soil related diseases. Parasitic infections cause much suffering and death among the worlds 300 million barefoot children Over the past 4 years we have trained thousands of mothers. In Bamako, Mali we opened a free medical clinic to serve 6,000 street children.
Our physicians observed that many of the children have water borne illnesses. This is a result of children bathing and drinking contaminated river water. When they are weakened by lack of proper nutrition they are easily affected by various diseases caused by bacteria and parasites living in this unclean water. Contaminated water transmits diseases like diarrhea, cholera, dysentery and typhoid. In Africa, more than 500,000 children die every year from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water
ATEG is planning to install a 6 unit shower system at our Bamako clinic to provide street children with a clean source of water for bathing and filling up their water bottles. To draw water from an existing well we will have to install a pump. We also have to erect a water tower for storage. We will send Community Health Workers (CHW)s to the river to educate the children about the health risks of using river water. We will also do hygiene education and outreach through the schools.
Having a source of clean water for bathing and drinking, along with our education program, should significantly reduce the number of children coming down with and dying from water borne illnesses. Having children utilize the showers will also familiarize them with the clinic, and allow us to register them for clinic services.