BENEFITING: Water For People
In our classroom, this year we embarked upon a clothing investigation which allowed the students to have several conversations about water. They talked about needing water to brush their teeth to take a bath and to wash their clothes.
During the process of learning about clothing and the importance of water, we invited an eight year old girl from Makerere, a neighborhood of Kampala, Uganda to share her experience.
When she turned four years old, she had to contribute to the operation of the household by collecting water for everyone at home. Very few homes in Uganda have indoor plumbing or access to clean water and most people have to haul water to their homes in buckets or jerry cans.
Each day, she would rise early so she could be one of the first in line to fill her jerry can at the stream. She would make several trips to and from the stream that ran through the neighborhood for cooking as well as bathing. It was a rite of passage.
She shared her story "WATER WAS MY ENEMY" along with other ways the family collected water. The streams that run through many parts of Kampala are not clean. They are often littered with trash and other forms of waste.
As a result of this learning experience, we decided as a class family to donate water for people to help build pipes for clean water.