KUANGWAI, SDN 2 Gelanggang

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Before a waste pond was built by a new company that moved into the area, the village of Kuangwai was located in a very fertile region of Indonesia where all kinds of plants grew very well. Water was plentiful to residents and for irrigation channels and rivers that are used to find fish as a food source. After the company opened a treatment pond, the soil became arid, many plants died and the water became polluted - which caused many of the fish to die. Access to water for the community and the school is very difficult. Because schools do not have clean water, they allow students to drink well water at the school, even though it is not safe for consumption. Nearby communities sometimes collect water from the school. The majority of people in Kuangwai Village have very little knowledge about health and hygiene and, as a result, the impact of the waste pollution on many of the students and community members has led to respiratory and itching disorders. With the installation of a Planet Water AquaTower and hygiene education programs provided by Starbucks, there is hope for Kuangwai.

School Headmaster Explains Water Strain Effects
Hard Choices Facing Students

“With the existing well as our water source, the students consume water directly from the well that we access from the faucet near the park without boiling. Because of our lack of knowledge about clean and healthy water, we think that all clear water is clean and healthy. So, we let the students consume the well water. The impact of diseases caused by well water in school is that some students often experience skin diseases and respiratory disorders. Hopefully one day schools can enjoy clean and healthy water, and get guidance about health and hygiene education so that in the future students can be free from disease.”

– Ratmaje, S.Pd.SD, Headmaster

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