Water and SanitationMany water sources are merely streams that are shared with animals and used for diverse activities such as washing clothes and farming. This lack of potable water leads to a high prevalence of water-related illnesses, and causes women and children to walk long distances to fetch water, wasting time that could be used for economic and educational pursuits.To address this, SHUMAS provides potable water to communities and schools, and encourages good hygiene through the construction of toilet blocks at health centers and schools. Similar to school and health centre construction projects, SHUMAS provides industrial materials and technical oversight, while the community provides local materials and participates in construction. SHUMAS works with the community to establish a water management committee that will oversee the maintenance and management of the water supply after completion, and ensure the catchment area is protected. Our water systems are either gravity flow systems or well systems. We construct new catchments and supplies, and extend already-existing systems to expand their reach. So far, more than 35 communities and about 70 schools have benefited from potable water and/or toilets.
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