Lack of clean drinking water and sanitation, sickens and kills thousands of people every day. The lack of good sanitation, water and good hygiene has many other serious consequences. Children walk hours a day to get clean drinking water and miss education. It is also common that girls do not go to school because sanitary facilities at school are missing.
Extreme thirst and disease prevent children from going to school. Harvests fail, livestock die and often people are too sick to work. Without water, sanitation and hygiene, sustainable development is simply not possible. Access to clean water, good sanitation and knowledge about good hygiene ensures a reduction in mortality, better health and better educational results. In addition, it is a crucial step in combating poverty and creating sustainable development.
That is why it is high on the agenda of ChildsLife.
What does ChildsLife do
Since 1998 ChildsLife has been involved in water and irrigation projects. In extreme dry areas in Kenya wells are drilled, water storage tanks are built and if possible irrigation lines are constructed. Since 2002 ChildsLife also installs water tanks and water catchment systems at schools in different regions of Kenya. These tanks provide enough water to drink, prepare lunches, enable good hygiene practices and even give the children some water to take home.
Besides water systems ChildsLife provides schools with toilets and sinks. ChildsLife’s work does not stop there. ChildsLife works closely together with teachers in schools and communities to bring about changes in local hygiene practices. Also advice and products to prevent covid19 are part of the program.