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Completed projects / Things can only get better at Bacho

November 2017

Bacho’s primary schoolgirls may still face the threat of early marriage but the arrival of clean water reduces some other health hazards, like such as typhoid, bilharzia and jiggers, a parasite which hangs around on dusty unwashed school classrooms and gets into their feet.  On the other hand, kwashiorkor, a form of malnutrition caused by protein deficiency, is likely to persist.

Bacho School’s enrolment and academic performance are likely to rise from a low base, as children spend less time fetching dirty water and get fewer water-borne diseases. The school and community fetch water from the rice canals or river Ombeyi. The sources are unsafe and have been a major reason for frequent water borne diseases.

With clean water, truancy is set to fall but some of the poorest parents will still get their children to work with them in the rice fields to earn a few pennies more.

The school enrollment is very low at 350 children but is expected to rise significantly now the well is working. A further 650 in local households will benefit.

There's a long way to go, but things can start to get better. 

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Graeme Vousden at Bacho School for the drilling

Graeme Vousden at Bacho School for the drilling

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