THE PROBLEM

The problem we chose to tackle was the lack of clean drinking water in places like rural Africa. After we visited our local Wastewater Treatment Plant and Waterworks it made us appreciate how lucky we are to have safe and clean drinking water.We wanted to help kids in other places get easier access to safe and clean drinking water too.

We visited a non-profit organization called The Water Project. They raise money to bring clean water to people in Kenya, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. We learned that finding water is a daily challenge for kids and women in these areas. They spend so much time looking for water that they don’t have time to go to school or play.

WHAT WE LEARNED

  • 1 billion people around the world don’t have access to clean and safe drinking water.
  • Not having enough water or access to water is known as “Water Scarcity.”
  • In places like rural Africa finding water can be time-consuming and expensive
  • In these places students miss school because they are too busy looking for water or sick because the water they drink is not clean. 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related diseases. If kids don’t go to school they can’t get good jobs and get out of poverty.
  • When helping communities find and access safe drinking water it’s important to visit the projects regularly to make sure they are still working and make sure they have regular maintenance.