Safe water makes the difference for school attendance in Papua New Guinea

By July 30, 2012

Papua New Guinea (MNN) — Ever get the feeling that when you've tackled one problem, another one immediately follows? That happens a lot in the undeveloped world, and it's been happening to Kids Alive in Papua New Guinea.

When Kids Alive first came to Papua New Guinea in 1992, 8 in 10 children died from preventable diseases before their fifth birthday. Through immunization programs and medical care from the Kids Alive clinic, the death toll has fallen to 1 in 5 children. Although the problem is definitely still huge, the 60% difference is a vast improvement.

The ministry of Kids Alive has continued to grow in Hauna Village, now offering schools, church and Sunday school, a vocational training program, and even outreach to other remote villages on the Sepik River.

But in spite of all the progress, the need for available safe drinking water remains a problem. Families suffer endlessly from water-borne diseases after drinking the only available water: from the infested river. Their lives are at risk because of the lack of clean, safe drinking water.

As kids get sick from poor drinking water, they often can't go to school. Without school, not only are they not learning at the necessary pace, but they're not learning as much about Jesus.

Kids Alive needs your help to keep kids in Hauna and in other remote villages in school. Water storage tanks have proven to be the answer, capturing rainfall to provide safe drinking water for kids and their families year-round. A $69 gift provides clean water for three kids. To give children and their families clean, safe water, click here.

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