Coventry children deliver clean water

14th July 2006 at 01:00
An African community has access to clean water for the first time, after links with a Coventry primary highlighted their plight.

Pupils at Southfields primary wrote to WaterAid about their friends at a partner school in Ghana. WaterAid staff were so moved by the letters they agreed to include the Ghanaian school in their programme to provide safe water in developing countries.

Southfields had swapped postcards with children at Nyogbare School in the Upper East Region, last year. Pupils were told to write about their concerns.

Southfields pupils wrote about racism, pollution and bullying but the children in Ghana said water was hard to come by and made them ill.

Last month, WaterAid finished digging a bore hole at Nyogbare, creating a safe and reliable water source for the school and local community.

Jo Hallett, Southfields' deputy head, said: "Our children were very surprised with the postcards from Ghana. They showed pictures of people vomiting and carrying heavy cans of water. Pupils found it hard to believe because we take clean water for granted. Now they are so pleased to know they have made a difference."

Katie Spooner, from WaterAid, said the charity was already working in the area in Ghana and managed to include Nyogbare in its programme.

Southfields and Nyogbare are partner schools through development charity Link Community Development's Link Schools Programme.

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