Sending safe water

PUBLISHED: 02:01 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:58 10 June 2010

PUPILS at Woodbury Primary School have been doing their bit to help those stricken by natural disasters - by ensuring they get clean drinking water. The children have been learning about international disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and refug

PUPILS at Woodbury Primary School have been doing their bit to help those stricken by natural disasters - by ensuring they get clean drinking water.The children have been learning about international disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and refugee displacement - and how many people are often more affected by a lack of safe drinking-water than the disaster itself.So, in conjunction with The Rotary Club of Exmouth, they packed full an Aquabox - a plastic tank with water purification tablets - with essential welfare items for a disaster situation. Headteacher Nigel Tancock said: "The children have been learning about international disasters."They all share a common factor. The most urgent single problem facing the relief agencies is the provision of a supply of safe drinking-water."In some cases, it may be possible for the relief agencies to supply water from outside the affected area. In others, there is clearly a need for those suffering in the aftermath of a disaster to achieve an early, if temporary, self-sufficiency in the supply of safe drinking-water."Once the welfare contents have been removed, each Aquabox can be used to purify up to 1,100 litres of polluted water, equal to 5,000 cups - enough for a family of four people drinking 10 cups per day for about four months.Cliff Lenn, chairman of the Exmouth Rotary's international committee, said: "With encouragement from their teacher, Rebecca Blackhall, the children have demonstrated their concern for others by contacting us for an Aquabox which they have filled with emergency supplies and presented to Rotary Club President David Brunwin. "And not only did the children fill the box, but they also raised £23 towards its cost and transport."The Rotary Club can help provide Aquaboxes to groups, or individuals, who want to help with disaster relief by providing the box welfare content by contacting the club International Chairman Cliff Lenn on: (01395) 270766 or email cliff@lenn.me.uk.

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