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At Long Last, Clean Running Water!

I have just returned from a visit to the construction site of the new Matau Primary School in Zimbabwe, and I’m still feeling the excitement of seeing for the first time, clean water flowing from the tap on the school ground.

It was an extraordinary sight. Something short of a miracle for me. Since I was a child, up to just a week ago, the source of clean water closest to the school was in a village a mile away. I remember how the water pump in that village was so unsafe that many children fell into the water hole and injured themselves.

I was fortunate to have come after Save the Children, with the help of members of the Matau community, had just put the finishing touches on a new water pump. After digging nearly 140 feet into the ground, and laying the pipes connecting the water hole to a water storage tank, they used an electrically-powered pump to tap the water from underground. Seeing and hearing the water gush out from the faucet was an exhilarating experience!

Having clean water may not sound like a challenge to many people, but it is life-changing for the children of Matau. For the first time, they will find it easy, and not have to waste precious classroom time to get clean safe water to drink and wash their hands. Imagine how this simple thing can impact the kids’ health, well-being, and ultimately their school performance!

There are many other new exciting developments on the school’s construction. I will be sharing them with you very soon!

Photo credit: Tsyangirayi Muzwazhi
At Long Last, Clean Running Water!

I have just returned from a visit to the construction site of the new Matau Primary School in Zimbabwe, and I’m still feeling the excitement of seeing for the first time, clean water flowing from the tap on the school ground.

It was an extraordinary sight. Something short of a miracle for me. Since I was a child, up to just a week ago, the source of clean water closest to the school was in a village a mile away. I remember how the water pump in that village was so unsafe that many children fell into the water hole and injured themselves.

I was fortunate to have come after Save the Children, with the help of members of the Matau community, had just put the finishing touches on a new water pump. After digging nearly 140 feet into the ground, and laying the pipes connecting the water hole to a water storage tank, they used an electrically-powered pump to tap the water from underground. Seeing and hearing the water gush out from the faucet was an exhilarating experience!

Having clean water may not sound like a challenge to many people, but it is life-changing for the children of Matau. For the first time, they will find it easy, and not have to waste precious classroom time to get clean safe water to drink and wash their hands. Imagine how this simple thing can impact the kids’ health, well-being, and ultimately their school performance!

There are many other new exciting developments on the school’s construction. I will be sharing them with you very soon!

Photo credit: Tsyangirayi Muzwazhi
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See the video update of the progress at the Matau Primary School.