Before Natalia's village had clean water, she often didn't have time for school. Now that she attends every day, she's the President of her local Water Committee.
lack access to safe water and adequate sanitation globally 1
do not complete primary school (compared to 1 in 7 boys) 2
in female enrollment when provided with clean water 3
absent due to preventable water-related diseases each year 4
Access to clean water restores health for families and reduces the amount of time that children, who often help with chores at home, spend walking and waiting to collect water each day. Clean water gives kids a chance to attend school and build a better future.
For kids like Manita, restored health has meant the freedom to go to school. To study math, science, English, and Nepali with other 9th graders. To dream a little bigger.
Today, Manita is working to ensure that her community stays healthy for years to come.
“I want to be a scientist,” Manita boasted. “I want to make medicines to cure the ill.”
Collecting dirty water takes time! When families have access to clean water close to home, kids can focus on more important things, like going to school, studying, and enjoying their childhood.
Clean water stations give kids a place to wash their hands. Proper latrines provide privacy for young girls. These facilities ensure that kids who become healthy, continue to stay healthy.
Attending school gives kids a chance to expand their knowledge and pursue new opportunities. It provides a chance to become doctors, engineers, and social workers. It promotes stronger futures.
Kids who attend school get to expand their worldview and think beyond the jobs available in their rural communities. They get to dream bigger.
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