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This girl is drinking contaminated rain water. Today, more than 1.1 billion people around the world have no access to clean drinking water. Lack of clean water is a problem specially in Africa where many residents, very often children get sick because of the water they drink. In developing countries people spend about 200 million hours a day collecting water from distant, often polluted, sources. In rural Africa some people walk an average of 5 miles everyday to wells and hold 5 gallon cans weighting nearly 40 pounds to their homes. Often, collecting water is a job for both women and girls. Because so much time is spent collecting water, girls often can not go to school. Thanks to an organization called PlayPumps International, ten million more people in Subsaharian africa will be able to drink clean water from a healthy source. The Playpump water system is a merry go round attached to a water pump. As the merry go round spins it pumps clean water up from deep underground and stores it in a huge tank. When people need water they can come and get it. Playpumps are intaled usually in the schools or in the midle of communities so it is easy for kids to play there, before and after school. Each pump serves up to ten hundred people in a community. The Playpump water system is manufactured in south africa and installed by local crews who receive training and a guarantied job for ten years. In addition to installing the pumps, local crews provide regular manteinace and up keep and change advertaisments posted on the water tanks. The money from advertaisment sales is use to pay the team that takes care of the system and fixing materials. The PlayPump brings the many benefits of clean drinking water, and the opportunity for play to children in subsaharian africa. For some schools they are the only playing equipment available for students. It is so simple really. Kids play, water pumps.

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Duration: 2 minutes and 24 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Views: 1,003
Posted by: darren30 on Jul 15, 2008

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