Education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and improving opportunities to flourish.
That’s why we work with communities to combat the barriers that keep children from school including poor health and a lack of financial stability that requires children to work instead of going to school. We also weave education into our projects, including providing adult literacy classes as well as education around women’s rights to help reduce gender-based violence. We have education projects in countries including Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia and Fiji.
“We had a lack of water,” says Mary*, a student at an Adventist boarding school. “Girls had to wake up every morning at 5am and walk 1.5km downhill to fetch water from a small stream for drinking, cooking, washing and to bath. More time was taken just to walk to get water and we spent little time in the classroom.”
Girls were also skipping school during their period, as there weren’t adequate facilities near the school. Through the Turn on the Tap Project, ADRA supported Mary’s school by providing two 5,000L water tanks with tap stands, one male and one female toilet block near the classroom building, and hand washing facilities.
“We can now fetch water close by without having to walk kilometres to get water during critical times. Now, we can go to class on time!” says Mary.
*Name changed to protect privacy
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