Fresh drinking water for HEAL children & staff at Bhadrachalam The first phase of an improvement scheme for one of HEAL’s Poverty Trap schools, Gowtham Model School, in Bhadrachalam, has been successfully completed with the installation of a water purification system. Pupils sample the fresh drinking water at Gowtham Model School A HEAL delegation visited Gowtham Model School earlier this year and were impressed with how well headmaster Jagann and his staff were coping, despite a lack of basic facilities and amenities. After spending time talking to Jagann and his support team and visiting with the children, the HEAL volunteers from India and the UK were able to come away with a plan in place to assist the school and began an appeal for donations. Final touches to installation of the new water purifier Thanks to a well-attended fundraising event and additional support from exisiting child sponsors at Bhadrachalam, it has been possible to pay for the installation of a much-needed water purification system to give staff and children access to clean, safe drinking water. “We are delighted to be sent photographs of a small inauguration ceremony for the water purifier and pictures of the children now drinking fresh water at the school,” said HEAL UK director Jem King. The new water purifier will ensure children and staff have access to clean, safe drinking water “HEAL already provides essentials such as equipment, books and uniforms at Gowtham Model School through the Poverty Trap scheme, but while there we were able to establish a list of items and improvements which will make a big difference in a school which has only the most basic of facilities. “With the help of our friends in HEAL India, it has been possible to install the equipment to coincide with the return of the children after their summer break and we will now turn our attention to other items on the list, including the unhygienic toilet facilities. A newly-painted sign at Gowtham Model School, Bhadrachalam “Much of the emphasis of HEAL’s work in India is on providing education to severely under-privileged children, such as those found in this rather remote tribal area, but we also place great value in ensuring the children stay fit and healthy, so pressing on with this sanitation project is vitally important. “We have raised more than a thousand pounds so far, but more is needed for this project to succeed and we hope more donors will come forward and offer their help.” It is hoped to raise more funds to improve the standard of toilet facilities as part of the Sanitation Project at Gowtham School To support this project please visit the new HEAL website at www.healcharity.org and use the Make a Donation page. Please write ‘For Bhadrachalam Sanitation Project’ in the comments box to ensure that the money will go directly to the scheme. As with all HEAL donations, the full amount donated will go straight to helping our projects on the ground in India. This is possible because, unlike larger charities all of the HEAL charity’s trustees are volunteers and meet all administrative costs out of their own pockets.