At St Paul Primary in Madagascar, headteacher Fernand and pupils like Fara are preparing for life with access to clean, safe water.

Until now pupils at St Paul and their parents have not been able to have a school garden to plant green vegetables or others seeds and crops, because they don’t have water in school.

Headteacher Fernand is looking forward to the day the school and local community can have a safe water supply to grow vegetables and crops more easily.

For pupils, school life carries on as normal for now.

In school, the children love playing football with their friends. They play using a ball they've made out of plastic bags.

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A pupil at St Paul Primary holding a football made of plastic bags. 

For Fara, break time at is the only time she gets a chance to play with her friends when she loves to skip with rope. As well as going to school, Fara helps to look after her family, and walks a long distance to collect water.

She helps her mother and older sister to cook rice, and at weekends, Fara and her siblings often help their parents in the field with planting crops.

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Fara (right) at home with her siblings.

Life is about to change

We’re working with local partners to install a gravity-flow system in Fenoarivo village where St Paul Primary is located. For pupils like Fara and their families, getting access to safe water in the community will be life-changing.

We use a range of technologies to provide different communities with clean water – in Fenoarivo, a gravity-flow system is the most suitable because of the mountainous terrain.

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