WATERBORNE ILLNESSES DROP IN FIVE SOUTH SUDAN SCHOOLS THANKS TO SCOUT INITIATIVE by World Scouting from Malaysia
Publication date: 26th Oct 2018
Creator: World ScoutingOnly about half the population of South Sudan’s capital has access to safe, clean water leaving thousands of people vulnerable to outbreaks of dangerous waterborne diseases like diarrhea and cholera.
After visiting a primary school in Juba and seeing first-hand the filthy water that children were drinking, Patrick Kilo Evans, 22, decided to do something about it.
Funded by the Messengers of Peace Support Fund, Evans’ Water for Child project makes sure schools have clean water tanks, and that children and teachers understand the importance of hygiene. It now operates in five schools in Juba and has trained scores of Scouts to educate people about clean water. As a result, Evans says incidences of waterborne illness have dropped sharply.
Evans, who started in Scouting in 2002 before South Sudan got its independence, has just been named one of 12 Messengers of Peace Heroes for 2018.
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