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We are working to provide clean drinking water to the 20 schools surrounding the town of Keumbu in Western Kenya. These schools are all struggling to provide a good education to the children (ages 4 to 14) while they and their families are crippled with the lack of clean drinking water each day. Each of these schools have an average of 500 students and few have any electricity and NON have any water supply. The children (usually the girls) must walk an average of 5km each way to gather water at local streams using Jerry cans and buckets. The water is dirty and full of bacteria, but it is all they have to drink and it is what the schools and families use to cook with and wash with. Over 4500 children die each day from water borne diseases. Women and young girls are the hardest hit as they have been tasked with getting the water for the schools and families. When the children leave school to go home for lunch, many must also walk miles to get water. Few of them return to school that day. Not only do they miss school, but they struggle from health issues and back problems from carrying 40 pounds of water up the hills back to home. OUR SOLUTION: We provide rain water catchment and filtration systems at the schools! These systems can provide clean drinking water for 100% of the students PLUS the families in the region. We also teach the local children and parents proper hygiene and sanitation methods. This is a crisis that can be easily stopped! Only $1400 provides an entire rain water harvesting and filtration system for a school. Only $1400 can eliminate sickness and reduce child death rates by up to 20%. Please help us answer this call. These schools desperately need our help. Over 50 more schools are still in need in the surrounding Kisii and Nyamira districts!