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Water for a Better World

Sometimes, the littlest things can save lives. Like drops of water, for example.

In Rajasthan, north India, rain falls only a few months of the year. The rest of the year, there is practically no water.

Children in rural schools suffer the most. Their drinking water is not only scarce, but also polluted. So these children suffer from water-borne diseases, also making it difficult for them to stay in school. A simple lack of clean water devastates both their health and their hope of getting an education.

Caring people around the world are doing something to help. Through Trees for Life and Institute of Rural Research and Development (IRRAD), people are helping to provide clean water at schools in the area.

An innovative system for rain water harvesting, filtration and storage provides more than 25,000 gallons of drinking water at each school. That’s enough for 400 students during the dry season.


Now a popular “alternative gift” catalog is enabling more people to help. Alternative Gifts International allows people to make a gift in the name of a friend or loved one that touches the lives of people around the world. Their current catalog of “Gifts Inspiring Change” includes this water project, allowing people to provide clean drinking water for five students for a year for only six dollars.

To join this movement to ensure safe water for children, see this link: Harvesting Water for Schools.

It’s one more way people are doing “little” things that make a big difference—and build a better world for us all.