Monday, July 30, 2007

Going Green and Getting Clean

The Mama’s Wish teachers have been hard at work this summer overseeing a project to bring water to an extremely remote minority orphan school in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in western Qinghai Province. The energy efficient solar water system is capable of producing three tons of warm water per day and will benefit appx 700 students and teachers in Batang County. Two shower rooms were constructed, (one for boys and one for girls), and the rooms contain sixteen shower nozzles. The shower system will be used not only by the students in the orphan school, but also the students who are studying in nine more village schools in the surrounding area. From now on, the students will be able to have a minimum of one shower every week!

And because little clean bodies deserve to wear clean clothes, five washing machines were also donated to the school. A wonderful group of volunteers in Shanghai also donated new clothes (and toys) to the children.

The water project made big news in Batang County, and the teachers believe that illness in the school will be reduced because the children will now be able to practice better hygiene habits, such as brushing their teeth and washing their hands in the new wash basins.

Our deepest thanks go out to the generous donor family, who not only financed the entire water project, but also helped to see it through fruition.

If you’d like to know how you can help the rural minority students and orphans in the Mama’s Wish education program, please contact