In communities around the world, many women and children can spend up to 60 percent of each day walking to collect water. As many as 4,500 children die because of unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation, according to H20 For Life, a group that offers schools across the globe service-learning opportunities to help alleviate clean water shortages.
On March 23, at noon, fifth graders from UT Elementary will walk from the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue at Auditorium Shores to support H20 For Life and the Njumbi School of Kiambu County in Kenya.
The African school has nearly 400 students and 9 teachers, but aside from a meager rainwater harvesting system, the school has no other source of water. As a result of having just two tanks to collect water, the facilities are not sanitary for teachers or pupils.
To donate and learn more about the project, please visit: http://www.h2oforlifeschools.org/index.php/university-of-texas-elementary