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At Nampongo Primary in Zambia work is already under way to bring staff and pupils access to clean drinking water for the first time. 

The drilling has now begun at Nampongo Primary and there will soon be a borehole to collect safe water from. 

Every day twelve-year-old Evani and his friend Friday (pictured above) walk to the dam with a bucket to collect water for drinking and cooking with during the school day.

They are both overjoyed that the drilling has begun: “I can’t wait to see the clean water,” Evani tells us. “Water from the dam is milky and smells bad. I don’t feel good drinking it.”

“I can feel very happy if someone helped us with a borehole,” Friday tells us.

Jason Bradbury
Evani points at the rig that arrived at his school to dig a borehole.

Transforming school life

The water from the dam that pupils at Nampongo drink is unsafe to drink. And without clean running water at the school, pupils can’t wash their hands after using the toilet which spreads disease.

Waterborne diseases such as diarrhoea and bilharzia – an infection caused by parasitic worms living in the water – are very common among pupils at Nampongo Primary.

With a supply of safe water and new latrine blocks, the lives of the children there will be transformed.

Petronella and Violet stand in front of the drilling rig at their school.
Petronella and Violet, students at Nampongo Primary, stand in front of the drilling rig that is sinking a borehole at their school.

How it's done

Teach your pupils about how we get access to clean water for communities, including: