We provide safe water for indigenous schools having to use polluted streams or contaminated wells.
Why should children be sick and drop out of school from bad water where it often rains?
Principals report absenteeism from sickness drops from as much as 50% to less than 10%
after our rain-catchment tanks are installed. We work among the indigenous Guaymi people of Panama's islands and mainland.
Many indigenous schools have to use water from polluted streams or contaminated wells. Sickness rates range as high a 70% at some schools. Children out sick fall behind, get discouraged and give up -- perpetuating the cycle of poverty. Yet, rainfall is abundant. Rain catchment tanks cut sickness rates to less than 10%. Healthy kids stay in school and graduate. When schools are not in session the nearby
indigenous villages have access to the safe, disease-free water.
Safe, disease-free water from our rain catchment tanks cuts school sickness rates from as high as 70% of the student body to less than 10%, according to school principals. Adjacent villages have access to safe
water when school is not is session.l Healthy kids will stay in school and graduate. Health & education
is the key to breaking the indigenous cycle of poverty. We help provide both.
Bad water robs the indigenous population of educated children. It cripples progress in indigenous villages.
Safe, disease-free water helps indigenous children stay healthy and stay in school. School principals report sickness rates drop and graduation rates soar once a school as safe water from our rain catchment tanks.
Adjacent villages have safe water when school is not in session, improving the general health of the community. Progress depends on health. Health depends on safe water.
"Up to 70% of our kids were out sick from bad water. After we got the tanks you installed
our absentee rates dropped to less than 10%."
-- Velkis Quiroz, Principal, Bahia Grande School - Velkis Quiros, School principal, Principal of Bahia Grande School, Cristobal Island
Total Funding Received to Date: £1,668
Remaining Goal to be Funded: £10,318
Total Funding Goal: £11,986
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