Health. Education.
Behavior Change

50% of the world’s school children do not have access to clean water and 6,000 of them die daily from waterborne illnesses.

That’s 90 school buses full of kids every single day who die from something highly preventable.

Many survive the effects of waterborne illnesses, but both their health and education suffer. They miss a collective 443 million days of school each year—not to mention the impact the physical implications of waterborne illnesses have on their ability to focus and learn when they are in school.

These injustices are the reason we started Watering Minds. They’re the reason we partner with organizations on the ground in countries around the world to bring clean water to schools. They’re the reason the lives of kids like Supreme have been changed forever.

And they’re the reason we need your help.

Sponsor a school and donate clean water today and we’ll keep you up-to-date as its kids get access to clean water, share their stories, and start to move toward a better education and healthier life. For ~$2.00 we can provide a child with access to safe water for an entire school year.

Safer, Healthier Lives for Children

There are many illnesses and symptoms children get from drinking unsafe water

  • Diarrhea
  • Dysentery
  • Cholera
  • Typhoid
  • Kidney Stones
  • Digestive issues
  • Stomach pains
  • Jaundice
  • Unhealthy teeth
  • Lack of appetite leading to malnourishment

Diarrhea, which is largely preventable with access to safe water, is the 3rd leading cause of childhood deaths.

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4,000 children die of diarrhea
each day.
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More than 40% of diarrhea cases in school children result from transmission in schools rather than homes.
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Children have 30 - 60% less diarrhea when water is provided in schools.

Educational Impacts

Out of school children is a global crisis. 1 in every 5 students do not go to school and over 443 million days of school being missed each year due to waterborne illnesses. A strong correlation between absenteeism and access to water in schools has been made. Research shows access to safe water in schools reduces absenteeism by 75%.

Not only are children attending school more regularly, but when in school the children are more able to focus on their studies. This leads to a higher level of education which leads to a bright future - not only for the children but also their communities.

Behavior Change: Children are Change Agents

W.A.S.H. (water, sanitation and hygiene) in schools is one of the best routes to reach entire communities.* Because children are agents of change, education for good hygiene practices in schools links students, families and communities.

WHY?

1
Children are fast learners
Compared to adults, children can more easily change their behavior or develop new long-term behaviors as a result of increased knowledge and facilitated practices. Children and youth may question existing practices in their households, and by demonstrating good hygiene, they become agents of change within their families and communities.
2
Children are role models
What they learn at school is likely to be passed on to their peers, family members and to their own children if they become parents.
3
Teachers are influential
When supported by school management, teachers have an important role in developing students’ capacities to become community role models.

Sponsor a school today

It doesn’t take that much to change the lives of a whole school full of children. Click on a country below to sponsor a school or to donate and we will put your money to the schools most in need!