The sky's the limit!
Every cloud has a silver lining in the skies above Rwanda. A huge
at Juru Primary School, built with WaterAid's support, provides a constant safe water supply to over 1,000 students.
In the past, children and their
families had to make a three-hour
round trip to collect water from a
river that is not only dirty, but also
inhabited by hippos and crocodiles
in the rainy season.
Now our students have clean water they have more time to study and we can have clean toilets and classrooms.
Josephine Twizeyimana, teacher
Thankfully, they no longer have to make that journey, which means they are
able to spend all day at school. Monique, one of the students (pictured above right), told us:
“We used to get dirty water from the lake. We would go to
collect water before school
and would bring
water with us. There
was never enough.
Many times I would
have to miss school.”
Josephine with her students at Juru Primary School.
WaterAid / Zute Lightfoot
One of the children's teachers, Josephine Twizeyimana, said: "Now our students have clean water they have more time to study and we can have clean toilets and classrooms.”
The children also attend a hygiene education
club learning how to keep themselves
and the school clean.
Eugenie Mukankundiye, the hygiene teacher, commented: “The water has been like a miracle for us – the children are very
This project has caught the attention
of the Rwanda Government and we
are working with them on plans to
roll out similar technology to schools
across the country.
Help bring safe water to more communities in need
For many people, summer is a time to enjoy playing in safe, clean water in swimming pools or water parks.
But around the world millions of children don’t even have clean water to drink.
Together with local organizations, WaterAid uses practical, sustainable solutions to
provide safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene education to the poorest people in Africa, Asia and Central America.
just $25 per person - maybe the same price you would pay for some
swimming goggles and a bathing suit - WaterAid can give one person safe
water for life.
Monique pumps water so Viete can wash her hands. A rainwater tank, connected to a roof, can be seen in the background.
Credit: WaterAid / Zute Lightfoot
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