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Big days: Raichur, India

See how clean water has transformed life for these school children in Raichur.
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Jun 27, 2015
When a school gets taps for the first time, it's always a great cause for celebration but in Raichur, there are 200 reasons to celebrate!
I dropped out of school for three months because there was no water for drinking, handwashing or going to the toilet.  But once I heard that safe water was available, I started going to school again.
I dropped out of school for three months because there was no water for drinking, handwashing or going to the toilet. But once I heard that safe water was available, I started going to school again.

Yashodha, 12

Pupil at Government Higher Primary School, Kavithal village, Raichur

But thanks to your amazing support, safe, clean water is changing lives in not just one, but 200 schools in Raichur, southern India. Working with our local partner, Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM), we’ve installed new waterpoints and handwashing stations and promoted good hygiene practice to thousands of students – and now we have big plans to reach 465 schools by next year.

See the difference safe water has made at schools in Raichur:

The need for taps in Raichur could not have been greater. Less than 20% of the district has access to these basic services, and groundwater is contaminated with arsenic in some areas.

Of the 200 schools we've worked with so far, many have only the most basic of infrastructure. Students often had to carry clean water with them from home, which sometimes wouldn't last the whole day, preventing them from washing their hands before eating.

And with no access to water many girls were forced to drop out of school when they got their period.

Girls use the new handwashing station at Government Higher Primary School, Kavithal village, Raichur, India.

The chance to learn again

At Government Higher Primary Girls School in Kavithal village, the arrival of waterpoints and handwashing stations has transformed lives.

Attendance has improved drastically and students are enthusiastic about going to school again.

"Our teachers and staff went door-to-door to the houses of students who had dropped out of school due to the lack of safe water, to convince their parents to send them back," says the school's headmaster, Amarappa.

"Now we have the highest number of students in the village!"