THE PROJECT IN BRIEF:
The project aims to face the water problem at Saint Chanel school of Ihosy, Magagascar, where water shortages have started affecting the life of the school children as well as the local community, drilling borehole which will give continuous access to water.
Madagascar has a youthful population – just over 60% are under the age of 25 – and an increasing population growth rate. The community is predominantly rural and poor; chronic malnutrition is prevalent, and large families are the norm. Under these conditions, it is very difficult to guarantee basic services, such as access to education and health, and national infrastructure.
Ihosy, the capital of the Ihorombe region, has a population of less than 40,000 inhabitants. It is a rural area and the majority of the population tries to make a subsistence living through cattle farming. There are localised food insecurity problems affecting the southern parts of Madagascar, including Ihosy, due to severe and prolonged drought.
Saint Chanel School in Ihosy was founded by the Marist Brothers in 1986 at the request of the local Bishop. In the first years there were few class structures, but now in 2021 the school welcomes 1,200 high school students and has 50 staff members. School numbers have grown steadily over the years, however, due to lack of sufficient infrastructure the school is forced to refuse a large number of enrolments each year. This is a Diocesan school administered by the Marist Brothers.
Children attending Saint Chanel school mostly come from remote rural areas. The school serves these poor families by offering very low-cost schooling – approximately 4 EUR per month – which enables them to access a quality education institute that they may not otherwise be able to attend.
Dropout rates amongst schools in the region are high and due, unfortunately, to the difficult socio-economic conditions of the population, including some significant problems such as child marriage. The necessity of a strong education system to combat this social challenge is clear and urgent.
Furthermore, severe drought conditions have affected this region of Madagascar. People are becoming poorer due to loss of livelihoods and access to safe drinking water is a major problem. Many villagers have to walk several kilometres each day to reach a river for water use. The children of Saint Chanel School suffer the same problem and the health of the children is suffering as a result of drinking contaminated water.
In the dry season when water tanks are empty and the town water is not working, the impact on the students is crippling: they are forced to bring their own water to school each day. For many this involves walking several kilometres to a contaminated river every day before school, only to bring water that carries diseases. The risk of acquiring waterborne and other serious illnesses is very hight. The majority of the students come from low-income homes and when they fall sick the parents often have difficulty paying for the necessary medical care.
AIM OF THE PROJECT:
This project is designed to solve the water problem at Saint Chanel school where water shortages have started affecting the life of the school children. The school has developed this proposal to drill a borehole which will give continuous access to water for the students, as well as for the school staff and the local community. The main purpose of the project is to promote good health and well-being so that they may excel in their education.
PROJECT MAIN FIGURES:
The project aims to preserving the health of the user community Saint Chanel School, including 1.200 students, 50 staff members and their families.
Easy access to drinking water for the school
To improve academic performance
To offer a better environment to the school children