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May 31

Forsyth Community Service Project

Fifth-grade students at Forsyth School in St. Louis, MO learned about clean water access and usage, both at home and around the world. Through curricular experiences, guest speaker Dr. Daniel Giammar, Professor of Environmental Engineering Director at Washington University, and a visit to the Chain of Rocks Water Treatment facility, students learned about how water has connections to so many areas of our lives.

This knowledge became the inspiration for Grade 5’s community service project through H2O for Life, which offers a service-learning opportunity designed to engage, educate, and inspire youth to take action to solve the global water crisis by raising awareness and funds to support the implementation of water, sanitation and hygiene education projects for global partner schools. This year’s project supported a school in Honduras.

After an announcement at an All-School Assembly, fifth graders visited Morning Meetings in each classroom to share their learning with the younger grades. On May 14, Forsyth students, faculty, and staff were encouraged to bring a dollar to support this project, and Grade 5 students were stationed at our school’s entry locations to collect dollars.

“Our goal was to raise $400 and the total amount collected was nearly $1,400! We are so grateful for our supportive and generous Forsyth community!”

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Projects in Need

H2O for Life has many projects available all around the world, but here are 3 that are most in need right now. VIEW MORE

Sami Tabema Primary School

Sierra Leone 260 beneficiaries

Sami Tabema, a community located about nine miles from Tikonko, is facing severe deprivation due to poverty, resulting in a lack of basic amenities. The population is about eight hundred inhabitants, with a town chief, town speaker, and other village elders. Farming is the primary source of income, although it is done on a small scale for personal consumption. The community suffers from extreme poverty, with no health care facility available. Pregnant women and children receive healthcare through the Rural Health Care Initiative (our implementing partner) outreach program.The lack of toilets and clean drinking water is a significant issue, as the community relies on nearby bushes for latrines and the Tabe River for drinking and domestic use. The community has two churches (Methodist and New Apostolic church) and a mosque.  Muslims and Christians live in harmony. Around eighty percent of the houses are locally constructed with local materials. However, there is no access to electricity, and the mobile network is unreliable. The road conditions are extremely poor, especially during the rainy season, making travel difficult.  While there is a motorable road to Sami, most people travel on foot due to the high cost of motorbikes, which many cannot afford. The community’s dire poverty has led to a high incidence of hunger and malnutrition, particularly among children. The prevalent diseases in the area include malaria, typhoid, diarrhea, and acute respiratory infection. The pupils at the BDEC (Bo District Education Committee) Primary School walk about 500 meters to get drinking water from the Tabe River, which is not pure for drinking.  Sami Tabema is 3 miles from the nearest basic health facility.  A monthly outreach clinic, supported by RHCI, takes place in Sami one day each month. The primary school at Sami Tabema, The BDEC Primary School, is a community school with approximately 260 pupils ranging from classes 1-6. The school consists of three classrooms built by the community, but they are not conducive to learning for the pupils.School days are from Monday to Friday from 8 AM to 2 PM.  The curriculum includes subjects such as Mathematics, English, Social Studies, Agriculture, RME (religious and moral education), Arabic, literature, etc. The academic year consists of three terms: the first term runs from September to December, the second from January to April, and the third from April to July. Unfortunately, the school does not provide any feeding programs. Moreover, the school lacks access to water and toilet facilities, and the pupils have to rely on the nearby river for drinking water and the nearby bushes as latrines. The school operates with three community volunteer teachers who are not on the government payroll and receive minimal stipends from the community, which are often unreliable.  Other villages that attend school at Sami Tabema are Foindu, Warlleh, and Sengema.

$3,450 needed (61%)

Rawelgue School

Burkina Faso 348 beneficiaries

There are currently 348 students at Rawelgue School which is located in Komsilga, Burkina Faso. These students are made to walk 1.5 miles to the nearest source of water, sometimes multiple times per day. The school does not have any toilets. The students and teachers are forced to use the 'bush'. Dropout rates are high, especially for the girls in the community.

Fully pledged!

Khuluvi Primary School

Malawi 1500 beneficiaries

Khuluvi Primary School is located in Zomba District, Malawi. It has 19 classrooms and 14 teachers for a large enrollment of 1,487 students. Students walk to school from as far as 5km distance. The school was established by the Church of Central African Presbyterian, Blantyre Synod in 1973. 

$5,800 needed (83%)