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Clean Water Well
Imagine wanting to go to school – but there’s no place to use a restroom. The only options are bushes nearby or trying to utilize a latrine in a nearby home of a stranger. Would you still go to school?
These are challenges young people in Bangladesh face daily. Not only does the lack of clean water impact their ability to learn, but girls in particular are harassed due to lack of proper facilities. Clean water = more school = better opportunities for an improved life.
Hope Loans’ mission is to empower those in poverty through sustainable, holistic solutions that bring hope and transform lives. Through our work with the poorest of the poor in rural Bangladesh (making less than $2 per day), we serve those living in regions where the groundwater in tube wells used for drinking and cooking is contaminated with high, unsafe levels of arsenic and other metallic compounds.
With tens of millions of Bangladeshi people chronically exposed to arsenic-contaminated groundwater, the incidence of arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh has been described as “the largest mass poisoning in history.” Ill health effects of drinking such contaminated water, both long- and short-term, are proliferent among the population. To further augment the situation, at least 43% of the population does not have access to proper sanitation facilities (e.g., latrines and sewage systems). Without adequate sanitation, diseases spread rapidly.
Such issues of water and sanitation are a particular detriment to children’s development and education, often causing them to fall ill and miss school, and this in a nation where already less than half of youth attend secondary school at all.4
In the impoverished rural region of central Bangladesh where Hope Loans works, existing wells carry high levels of arsenic and other contaminants. We have recently identified ten rural primary and secondary schools of 500+ students where students’ only available drinking water is from these contaminated wells, leading to illness and developmental difficulties. Additionally, many of the same schools lack any sort of latrines or sewage system, increasing the incidence of disease. Overall, attendance numbers are suffering in these areas as a direct result of the improper water supply and sanitation.
All of these problems can be addressed by drilling a well and filtration system to provide access to safe water, installing latrines, sinks, and a sewage system, and providing education regarding hygiene and proper use of the new facilities. The construction and installation of these Safe Water systems will cost $25,000 for each of the ten schools, for a total of $250,000 needed in charitable contributions to meet this goal.
Each Safe Water System will include:
- A well with safe drinking water
- Latrines for boys and girls
- Integrated sewage system
- Education regarding hygiene and proper use of the new facilities
Join us in bringing clean water, improved health, and the opportunity for young people to pursue their dreams with a change at an education.
Imagine wanting to go to school - but there’s no place to use a restroom. The only options are bushes nearby or trying to utilize a latrine in a nearby home of a stranger. Would you still go to school?
– Abraham Sarker