Today, one in three schools around the world still lack access to basic water and sanitation facilities. This means that every day, girls are still miss out on school and an education because they spend hours carrying water and lack access to adequate sanitation facilities when menstruating.

Your gift this Christmas can provide girls like Mary with the water and sanitation facilities they need to stay safe, remain in school and received the education they need to escape poverty.

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“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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