School Children Provide Safe Drinking Water to Indian Villages

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Slum communities now have healthy water to drink, because of a school’s mission donation to build water wells through Children’s Hope International Foundation

Children take turns pumping water from the new well in the village of Manyam, India.

It was a happy celebration when the village of Manyam received their new water well. Several women and children from the community, on the east coast of India, came out to see the first streams of clear, safe drinking water pumped from their new well.

This is one of two wells donated this year by the students of the Academy of the Sacred Heart, in St. Charles, Missouri. Over the past decade, the students have raised funds to drill 19 wells through Children’s Hope International Foundation.

Since 2009, Children’s Hope has completed 115 wells for slum villages in eastern India. In most cases, the villagers were using disease filled drainage ponds as their only source of water. These polluted water supplies sprout many deadly water borne pathogens that are especially dangerous to children’s health.    

Over 20,000 people living in 20 impoverished communities have received wells through Children’s Hope International Foundation in 2012. Since these poor villages sit on the coast of the Bay of Bengal, it only requires an inexpensive shallow hand pump well to deliver palatable water to hundreds of people. But there are still dozens of farming communities and fishing villages in the southern reaches of Andhra Pradesh that are on the waiting list for new water wells.

Children’s Hope International Foundation provides hope for international orphans and children living in poverty through medical care, sustainable nutrition, safe drinking water, family preservation, and education; impacting the lives of thousands in China, Ethiopia, Colombia, Russia, Vietnam and India. http://www.HelpAnOrphan.org

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