Late for School


Before going to school, Rajima, 10, returns from the village waterhole with a pot of water on her head.

Rajima is in the 5th grade and enjoys going to her village school in India.   

“I like studying; my favorite subject is English,” she says “School is from nine to three but sometimes I’m late because I go to collect water in the morning. It’s a long walk but that’s the only water source we have.” 

A major issue the community faces here is access to clean water and that’s led to several cases of diarrhea, particularly among the children. The water they collect for drinking and washing purposes is contaminated and the community didn’t know better than to drink it directly. Without proper road connectivity, it was also difficult to seek timely help. The community had to rely on carrying the sick on a stretcher for four to five kilometers to Daringbadi town.

Rajima was thrilled to hear about the new water connection being installed by World Vision.  “This means I no longer have to carry water in the morning and get late for school. This also means that we’ll have clean and safe water to drink right at our doorstep.”

Rajima’s father, Bhimal, a farmer, explains that the village has decided that everyone should contribute toward the construction of a water filter system and then pay a small monthly charge to cover maintenance. 

 “I may not earn much” he says, “but I’m more than happy to pay the fees to ensure that my children have access to safe drinking water. They will also not have to compromise on their education anymore.”

Photo©2016 World Vision, Tiatemjen Jamir

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