Sept. 13 --- two 600-gallon rain catchment tanks were installed today at the indigenous school at Rio Oeste Arriba ( Upper West River) . The students had to carry buckets of water from a stream a mile away. People and animals upstream polluted the water. Absentee rates from sickness among the 250 students were 50% of the student body, due to bad water. Mostly diarrhea and fever. Heavy rainfall in this mountainous area will keep the tanks full.
Sept. 15...a four-tank MEGA SYSTEM was installed at the 450-student indigenous school at La Gloria, Bocas del Toro Province of Panama. When school is not in session a thousand villagers living nearby will have access to safe, disease-free water. The large rain catchment area will refill the tanks in 4-5 hours of a typical rainfall, assuring a constant supply of safe water from the four tanks.
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