A reliable water treatment plant for the 'Dhara Children Academy'
Clean water is not a given in India
If water supply is insufficient, the water must either be bought in at a high price or the children have the drink dirty drinking water - and become ill as a result. This happens all too often, unfortunately. Which is why the school has been provided with a new water treatment plant as part of the renovations being made to the 'Dhara Children Academy'.
Huge water supply issues in India
Water is a rare commodity in India. Clean water is even more difficult to come by. Due to the consequences of climate change, the situation could be about to get drastically worse. In two year's time, more than 20 major Indian cities will no longer have access to groundwater. (Source).
A lack of water management policies is only exacerbating the current situation. As more than six billion litres of toxic fluids, originating from industrial processes, end up in the water courses each year.
The consequences: 600 millionen Indians have either no access or limited access to clean drinking water.
This also affects many schools - like the 'Dhara Children Academy' in the north-eastern federal state, Uttar Pradesh, which borders Nepal and Tibet.
Effect of water shortages on educational system
Water shortage also affects educational standards: When there is little water to be found, it is mostly up to the women to walk the long distances to collect it. This is predominantly the case in rural areas where educational standards are, at any rate, lacking. In every region where it has been possible to improve access to water, a significant rise in the number of female school-goers was recorded. (Source)
Bacteria replaces thirst-quenchers
As well as the effect which this has on access to education, health is also a critical factor. Even if water should be available, the schools simply don't have access to adequate water filtration systems. In summer, when temperatures can reach as high as 40 °C, the water pollution level and bacterial count are high.
This is why the water has to be bought in at a high price. Schools in rural areas can barely afford this but there also cases where the school tries to pay and then finds their finances to be in such a bad state that they then have to make cuts in other areas, such as teaching staff or learning materials.
In many cases, the people simply drink the water which is available - regardless of the bacteria present in the water source. Naturally, many children then become ill having drunk dirty water.
Water treatment filter for the 'Dhara Children Academy'
The 'Dhara Children Academy' is confronted with a major issue. During the course of the renovations performed by the Child & Family Foundation, installing solar panels on the roof was not the only thing which we managed to do.
SAs of 2018, no children have fallen ill as a consequence of drinking dirty water: Alle pupils and teachers have enough clean water available during the school day.
Moreover the sanitary installations have been renewed.
- Ensure teachers and pupils at the 'Dhara Children Academy' have access to clean water
- April to December 2018