Try focussing on the teacher with bellies aching from the school water fountain and the nearest toilet being kms away. Or cramming in your homework by the light of a wood-powered stove before it gets too dark...
Our schools do not have basic infrastructures like furniture, toilets and water facilities. Hence our children are losing interest in schools now, our children are very excited that they have these basic, but very essential, facilities in their school and committed to go school daily.
Anil Parjapat, Rampuriya village
We’re helping to fund a wind farm in Pratapgarh doing big things to improve girls access to education.
As part of the project:
- 10,500 households who would otherwise be cutting down trees or burning emissions-intensive fossil fuel will have access to clean, green electricity;
- water pumps and tanks are being built at schools giving everyone in the village a healthier water supply;
- 30 bicycles are being rolled out to local girls to help them get to and from school;
- separate toilet blocks are being built so no one has to miss class when nature calls;
- essential school supplies are being handed out; and
- jobs are created, trees are planted and a raft of other benefits are being realised.
Educating girls and empowering women is one of the most high-impact and cost-effective ways for every nation on this planet to take positive action on climate change.
Helping girls overcome travel and hygiene barriers to improve access to education is a large part of what we love about this project.
According to Project Drawdown, education "is one of the most powerful levers available for avoiding emissions by curbing population growth. Women with more years of education have fewer and healthier children, and actively manage their reproductive health". It's something we're proud to be able to support.