The poor quality of dirty water, often collected in ponds, causes transmissible diseases such as diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid and cholera. More than 400 million school days are missed each year due to diseases related to unclean drinking water.
Access to food – in quantity and quality – is a fundamental human right. It is also essential for ending hunger and malnutrition, and ensuring a healthier and productive workforce. Although agriculture employs over 60 percent of the African workforce and accounts for roughly a third of the continent’s GDP, Africa is the most food-insecure region in the world with more than 232 million under-nourished people, or approximately one in four.
Build A School For Me
We believe that no child should be forced to study outside, or in a dangerous environment. With access to a good education, children can escape poverty.
How to support schools
Here ther are many children have to choose between getting an education and being safe. Without classrooms, they are forced to study under trees, called trees school, in all weather. They have no access to the elements for education, distracted, and unable to learn. For those who do have some shelter, it is often unstable, with holes in the ceiling that let the rain in, leaving children cold and wet, and ruining their work.
One of the students said: “Pupils were exposed to too much sunshine during teaching hours, since they were held under trees and semi-permanent grass-thatched classrooms. There were no desks. There was too much dodging of lessons because of the state of the school which looked poor.”
We’re supplying desks and books to support children with their learning. It is the first time young students have had access to age appropriate reading books, written in both English and their mother tongue. We’re also supporting teachers with training so that they can give children the best possible education.
Families are living in poverty. When you are struggling to survive, education is not a priority. School fees are expensive, and so children are forced to drop out of school and earn a living. The vicious cycle continues.