Indian Schools and Drinking Water.
India has one of the largest numbers of school going children, especially in rural areas with about 6.3 lakh rural schools. As per National Family Health Survey 75 percent of the children in the age group of 6-14 years are attending schools in rural areas. A matter of concern is that out of these 6.3 lakh rural schools only 44 per cent have water supply facilities. And most of the schools that have drinking water facilites do nor have clean drinking water. As result of consumption of contaminated water 30 per cent of all children under the age of three had fever, another 20 per cent had diarrhoea, and another 20 per cent had symptoms of acute respiratory infection13. These figures portray a grim picture with almost half of Indian children suffering some form of ailment.
Clean water mission:
The scale of problem of water borne diseases in India is tremendous, the question is how do you solve this problem? Are we capable of making a change? Our approach at Jeevan’s Gift Foundation is to take a step at a time and change things gradually. We decided to survey schools in rural areas of Punjab and see how we can help in the fight against water herpes zoster infection born diseases. We believe a simple way is to install Reverse Osmosis (RO) systems in schools. Although Reverse Osmosis sounds like a complex system it is really a simple and straightforward water filtration process. And it’s not a new process. High-pressure (pump driven) reverse osmosis systems have been used for years to desalinate water – to convert contaminated water to drinking water. Since last one month we have installed RO systems in several schools in Punjab near the region of Kapurthala. Installation is phase one and in phase two we monitor the quality of water on regular basis to make sure that the quality of water remains good.