If you were asked what facilities you would consider most
essential in your home
, I am sure running water, electricity and toilets would
have high priority. Yet n
one of the homes in
which our children live will have all of these and most will have none. The water service is primitive with all the 80 villages in our catchment area relying on wells and hand pumps to get water out of the ground.
In Project Mala schools we give instruction in hygiene and healthcare in our life skills training, so all children will leave us with a better understanding of the need for personal hygiene and how to make the
most of the facilities at home. Our schools have the same services as the children's homes, but we make sure clean water is available in the toilets and showers. In our boarding school we have installed piped water fed by a tank on the roof.
||Boarding school bathing area
None of our schools have constant electricity. Only one, Guria, is connected to mains electric but the power supply is so infrequent that it is not much use. Our office and boarding school at Guria have a generator which is in constant use. At other schools we have installed solar panels to charge batteries and run lamps.
The Indian Government has
these problems and is trying to improve things. In the last few years they have been building
toilets in the area but, as the villagers are not taught how to use them and they are not connected to running water, very few are used. Some are abandoned as toilets, but provide great storage facilities.
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