Thank you so much for donating to Operation Safe Drinking Water! Your generous donations have helped provide contaminate free water to indigenous schools and villages in Panama. Safe drinking water has a huge ripple effect on the populations drinking it, schools especially see this effect. Their kitchens are able to stay open and serve healthy, nutritious lunches to its students. Attendance levels maximize because students are no longer staying home from illnesses due to unsanitary water. In the long run, this makes for educated people living in indigenous villages which in turn helps their economies to grow.
We have gathered the results from our most recent survey and the ripple effects that were explained above are made clearly evident in them. The following are the results:
118 rain catchment systems have been installed in indigenous schools with safe water problems.
35,000 indigenous students now have access to safe water from our work.
3 principals report that absenteeism from water connected diseases has been as high as 50%, but now are down to around 30%.
Principals also report that dropout rates due to sickness from bad water have been as high as 31% of the student populations. The dropout rates are now down to around 20%.
Health and safe water are connected. With help, the students study and stay in school and succeed. Without safe water, they contract diseases that force them to stay home. They then fall behind which discourages them resulting in large dropout rates.
By supporting Operation Safe Drinking Water you are making a difference in people’s lives that you can see with your own eyes. OSDW is an all-volunteer 501 c 3 charity. No one receives a salary of compensation. That means that 100% of the donations we receive go towards saving the indigenous Guaymi people of Panama’s islands and mainlands. Thank you again for your contributions!