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Water has a tremendous impact on whether or not a child can attend school. In the Azawak of West Africa, school-age children spend all their time searching for water, or caring for younger siblings while their mothers migrate to other countries to earn a living. When water is accessible, women can engage in revenue-generating activities at home, and girls and boys have the time and energy to get an education.
Our goal is to have the borehole almost-exclusively funded by students of the world for students in the Azawak. Not only would this allow students to play a significant role in bringing worldwide attention to water-scarcity issues, but it would also build bridges of friendship between cultures. The project will demonstrate how truly powerful children and students can be as positive global change-makers.
Houlaye desires wholeheartedly to go to school. Like the majority of girls in the Azawak region, water scarcity and her parent’s migration will not allow her to continue her education.
While Houlaye stays in the village to take care of her little brothers and sisters, her mother travels to Nigeria to earn money selling traditional medicines. Her father makes meager wages through petty commerce in distant cities.
Houlaye finds herself as the head of her household at 11 years old. Tending to household chores, including fetching water up to eight hours a day, prevents her from attending school more than just a few hours a week.
Unbeknownst to Houlaye and her family, the solution to their calamity lies below their feet. Around 200 meters below the crackled earth, water flows in abundance. The thirsty and exhausted child is literally walking on water.
After a request made by Houlaye’s community, Amman Imman will bring this water to the surface by drilling a borehole water-well, thereby drastically changing Houlaye’s life. Now her parents will remain home to care for the family. No longer obliged to spend hours each day fetching water, Houlaye will be able to attend school. She is not alone. The borehole will provide water to 15,000 people year-round, as many as 40,000 during the dry season, and allow up to 5,000 children to obtain an education.
We will build one solar borehole serving approximately 16 communities and 40,000 people during the dry season.
Access to water will allow as many as 5,000 children to attend school regularly.
We will launch a pilot childcare center, allowing mothers to earn revenue and daughters to stay in school.
We will bring our nomad clinic, offering free health care and education for women and children, to an additional 11,000 people.
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