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One of our primary goals this year was to bring running water to Shalom Academy.

We’ve done it.

After the mains water pipe was damaged by road contractors and disconnected the whole village, we decided to collect our own water using a series of gutters and pipes that drains rainwater from the roof to two 1,000-litre water butts. It’s enough to keep children clean and healthy, and for the cook to prepare lunch each day without having to walk a kilometre to the river.

We also built two hand-wash stations – one next to the long-drop latrines and one next to the kitchen.

I’ve a feeling we’re going to go through a LOT of soap in the next few weeks.