Rollins shot this video on a recent trip to Sudan to show how easy it is to radically change a child’s life for the better. The video shows how Drop In The Bucket’s innovative eco-sanitation systems build on existing technology to help deliver clean water to schools — all while kids play on the playground.
But as Rollins points out, Drop In The Bucket’s work is about more than just giving kids a place to get a drink between classes. The changes they usher in are nothing short of revolutionary.
In places that lack ready access to clean water, young girls run into problems when they hit adolescence. Girls who can’t wash up properly are stigmatized; they drop out of school due to the embarrassment and lack of privacy, especially during their menstrual cycle. They’re schooling ends prematurely, and so do their prospects of a better life for themselves.
But give them access to a toilet, clean water, and a place to wash up, and suddenly 10th grade becomes a possibility, Rollins says.
“All of a sudden you’ve got girls in schools. This is revolutionary. Why?” Rollins asks. “Water. And all of a sudden disease plummets. Attendance in school goes up. Young people start making better decisions.”