Madagascar is one of the poorest countries of the world. The number of people living below the poverty line is high, life expectancy is low, and the key to addressing both is access to clean water.
I think it is hard to imagine what life would be like without clean water, until that is your life. I know it is for me. But I try to imagine those times when I have been without access, even for a short time, and realize just how different my life would be. My day would revolve around finding clean water. What would I be unable to do if I had to spend so much time trying to find and transport water of any kind, much less clean water.
Then I think about my kids. What would their lives be? What about their educations?
This is just one reason I am excited to share with you one of the newest campaigns from WaterAid. In the last couple of weeks, WaterAid launched an exciting summer campaign to reach 12,000 kids in 31 schools with 150 taps and 100 toilets in Madagascar.
These children need an education to lift themselves (and often their families) out of poverty and pursue their dreams. This campaign aims to not only bring clean water (taps) and toilets to the schools, it plans to build hopes and dreams!
All summer long WaterAid will be posting real-time updates including updates on the children they are following and the progress of the construction. This will all culminate with a celebration on Sept. 19 when kids return to schools with taps and toilets for the first time. I can’t wait to hear about the reactions from students and teacher alike!
As I sit in my place of privilege, the taps and toilets almost seem too simple to make real change; to the children, their families, and their teachers, it is going to mean a lot more than I can ever understand. Will you join me in becoming a part of this incredible project? Together, WaterAid is going to change lives, building children’s futures!
For more on WaterAid’s #BuildFutures Campaign:
- Visit the WaterAid website for information, updates, and plans for taps and toilets.
- Connect with WaterAid on Facebook.
- Follow WaterAid on Twitter.
- Get email updates from WaterAid.
This post was written for the Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of Mom Bloggers for Social Good members who focus on maternal health, children, hunger, and women and girls.