Photo: WaterAid/Prashanth Vishwanathan
With Mission Blue My School, we are trying to get access to clean water to a school in south-west Delhi. The school which is almost 25 years old and has 2,500 children attending relies on water tankers to get its daily water supply. But the tankers come on alternate days and the school water storage is often insufficient to meet the drinking water and toilet needs of the school children. The result, children either miss classes as soon the water they bring from home is used up or buy water packets which are often dirty or borrow water from nearby households. Not only this, the children stop themselves from going to the toilet as the school toilets are dirty because there is never enough water to clean them. This has huge health implications. Girls completely drop out of school as soon their menstruation starts as they are unable to cope without water.
Access to water is linked to continued education for children.
Manju is the mother of Sonakshi who studies in class 3rd and Sonali who studies in class 5th in this school of south-west Delhi . ‘’I live nearby so I always come in lunch and refill their bottles and ensure my kids are never thirsty. But I feel sad for the other kids who travel from far off. Once I was not able to come and give them water as I had to go on some urgent work. Both my girls fell sick, they were feeling dizzy and had dehydration. I think water is a necessity for any school and it is sad to see the kids here having to cope up without this basic need. When I admitted my girls in this school, they had water but if I would have known that there will be no water, I would have thought twice before getting my girls admission here.’’Donate Now
9-year-old Saif has been studying in this school for three years. ‘’Without water I often feel thirsty as it is hot and I often finish my water while I walk for school. My home is one kilometre away and I have no other option but to borrow water or remain thirsty. Not only this when children go to toilet and there is no water we are forced to wipe off with stones and eat food with those dirty hands. Water is linked to education. If I had access to water, I would be better able to concentrate on studies.’’Donate Now
9 – year-old Riya studies in class 5th of this school in south-west Delhi. Riya who wants to become a doctor has been studying in the school for two years now. ‘’Water comes on alternate days through a tanker and if I finish my water I borrow it from my friend Shweta. She brings a very big bottle to school as she feels very thirsty. The worst thing about not having running water in our school is that we have to use our drinking water to wash hands after using the toilet. Due to this I also fell ill once and had high fever. Doctor told me not to use the same water bottle for drinking and washing hands. But I have no option. I come to school from far and I cannot carry two bottles.’’Donate Now
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