In Africa, women and girls spend as much as three hours a day fetching water. Over 50 percent of Africans in rural areas don’t have access to clean water. This pattern is replicated in schools; it is often girls who are sent to fetch water, taking time away from their studies and playtime. Making clean water available closer to homes and schools significantly increases the time that mothers have available to care for their children, girls have for school, and also reduces water-borne illnesses.
We are working with governments, foundations and companies to donate and install PlayPump systems throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, which will bring clean water to millions of people people over the next several years.
With a PlayPump system, communities will be able to reduce water-borne diseases; reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS through public awareness messaging; enhance access to education, especially for girls; and provide access to play equipment.