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Water:
A Force for Good

As Oscar Mejia breathes in the fresh mountain air and sips his coffee, he looks around the school that’s nestled in the verdant landscape. Oscar comes from a long line of educators and has taught children in the El Lanillal community in San Antonio de Cortes, Honduras for over 18 years. He is truly committed to helping children reach their full potential, so he’s glad his school and his community look and feel different than they did a couple years back.

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The Little Ministers
of Hygiene

Pride comes in small packages. Priyanka Maiti, grade 4, is the “Food Minister” at her school. She is one of five students that make up the Child Cabinet – a group of 3rd and 4th grade students including Surat, the Prime Minister, Suparna, the Education and Environment Minister, Manju, the Health Minister, and Atanu, the Sports Minister. They attend the Debichak Free Primary School in Patharpratima, West Bengal, one of Water For People’s Everyone Forever districts in India.

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A Bold Leader
Can Change
Everything

At first glance, petite Santana might not look strong and outspoken, but she is. She might not look like a skilled technician who can repair her local water system, but she can. Despite her small stature, her neighbors would probably use the word “bold’ to describe her.

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Changing Lives
One Toilet
at a Time

Seema Devi was married as a teenager. At this young age, she moved to her new husband’s village, away from her family. One of the biggest differences in this new village in the Sheohar district of northern India was that she no longer had a toilet in her home.

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Water
Gives
Education

When communities don’t have access to water, children have to spend hours every day fetching water. In many cases this causes them to miss school and miss out on an education that could enable them to have a better future.

This is not the case for the kids in Kisaro Sector in rural Rwanda.

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Water Gives
Prosperity

Didacienne had five children and no home of her own. Her husband died nearly 25 years ago in the Rwandan genocide, and after that she had few options to provide for her family – they lived with various family members to get by. And without water in their village, life was difficult.

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Friends of Water

Debasis Mondal’s bright orange vest signifies the important role he plays in communities in his region of India. He’s a Jalabandhu – a “Friend of Water.”

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