Project 538: Kiptulwa primary school, Kenya.
Mercy Chepkemoi is a typical 12 year old Kenyan girl. She is one of 538 pupils at Kiptulwa primary school. As with all the children in her school, life is tough.
Mercy’s day begins at 5.30 in the morning, lighting the fire to prepare breakfast. Mercy then walks 40 minutes to the nearest water source… it’s the only water available but it’s not safe to drink.
Drinking contaminated water kills more people than all forms of violence including wars. Families here spend 80% of their daily energy collecting water. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Rotary can change this.
If they could devote this time and energy to educational and economic activities, they would be able to improve their lives and escape the poverty trap.