School age children living in remote parts of developing countries often come from families living on subsistence income. They live in extremely poor conditions and have limited access to health services and government educational supports. Those from areas with the highest social vulnerability receive a much lower quality of education. Low literacy, poor academic performance, behavioural problems, and malnourishment are common. School dropout starts at an early age.
Hand Up for Education is a program that strives to remove barriers to quality education and improve social and academic outcomes of children living in underprivileged communities where DWC serves. DWC’s initiative sset students and teachers up for success so the best quality of education can be delivered. Projects tackle equipping schools with clean water, hygienic sanitation, and a safe, dedicated learning environment.
In the developing world many schools lack efficient sanitation facilities. Building and maintaining latrines at remote schools are vital for increasing attendance. Many school days are lost each year due to diarrhea and inadequate facilities.
Hand Up for Education ensures safe water access nearby meets the demands of the community school.
Irrigating a school garden with a rainwater collection system offers a sustainable way to feed children from some of the most vulnerable populations in the hardest-to-reach places.
Building construction projects range from latrines to classroom expansions to completely rebuilding facilities destroyed by natural disaster.
The ongoing drought in Naro Moru, Kenya was affecting the local children at Manyatta Primary School every day. When they ran out of water it was ½ km walk to transport water back to the school. One student spoke of how she nearly fainted walking back from the stream with a bucket of water. She had not eaten for almost two days and was feeling weak. Her academic performance was poor because she was too hungry to focus.
In this project, core issues of lack of clean water and deficits in nutrition were addressed. A water collection, storage and irrigation system was installed to collect rainwater from all the roofs within the school site.
This project has significantly changed life at the school. Kids have increased their study time without the hardship of having to fetch water. The crops from the new irrigated vegetable garden provides students with nutritious meals. A healthy environment means more kids are coming to school. Making clean water a reality for an entire school for years to come is a major step forward for this community.
Investing in education is one of the most effective ways to stretch the power of your donation. Giving to DWC’s Hand Up for Education program which builds school infrastructure for some of the most vulnerable kids in the developing world so they have a healthy place to learn.
A Hand Up empowers a community with the resources and materials required to build classrooms with sustainable water and sanitation facilities. Children that are able to stay in school longer have better income-earning potential and a more hopeful future.