Meet Howard. At 17, he’s struggling hard to get an education. His schoolwork is suffering because of dirty water.
“We go to collect water after school hours and it makes me feel very tired. When I pick up my exercise books to read I don’t have much concentration. Sometimes that happens when you are preparing for an exam so the chances of you getting good marks are very difficult.”
Howard knows an education could change his life – and that of his whole community. But like so many children in Bokola, Howard often misses school and study time because he has to fetch the water his family needs.
Howard struggles to study for vital exams
Howard has to leave home at 6am to get to school. But he’s often late and misses out on time that he should be spending studying – because he has to fetch the family’s water twice a day, every day. Without it, no one in the family can have breakfast, wash, or get ready.
Like any 17 year-old, Howard should be concentrating on passing his exams. But right now, his life is dominated by the daily struggle to fetch water. Howard thinks that having clean water will change everything in his village. It will mean he can concentrate on school, take exams, finish his education and make a difference to the lives of those around him.
“I want to get an education so that I can help with the development of this village.”
Stay in touch with Howard this summer and see how safe, clean water and sanitation enable him to concentrate on his studies and his future.
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