Sourish Jasti, reporting from Hyderabad, India.
This summer, I am travelling across Southern India and helping over 2,000 students get clean drinking water. Working through the Jasti Clean Water Initiative, I am providing clean drinking water to schools and communities. My latest “adopted school” was the Govt. School Serilingampally.
A brief explanation about Govt. Schools
Unlike in the US, government schools (known as public schools in the states) are in extremely poor conditions and get little to no funding from the state. Almost all government schools lack the “standards” of American schools: air conditioning, fans, cleanliness, books/learning resources, and in some cases clean water.
The school is located within the city of Hyderabad in the popular Jubilee Hills, which is known through the Telugu speaking states as home to some of the most prominent “Tollywood” movie actors and government officials. The roads surrounding the school have many crevices and breaks are in very neglected conditions.
District: Ranga Reddy
About Govt. School Serilingampally
JCWI’s latest ‘adopted school’ focuses on the Government School Serilingampally, located in the city of Hyderabad. The administration enforces the Telangana state curriculum as the primary learning method for it’s primary school students.
Although located in the richest neighborhood of Hyderabad, this school teaches the children of the house workers. It was a grim sight to see… on one part of the road would be homes with stunning architecture and luxury cars parked in the driveway… just a little bit down the same road would be the slums.
The school itself was a tightly fit 2-3 story building located in one such slum. Every floor had either one or two classrooms where the small children would sit down on the muddy floor or the overcrowded desks.
What were the problems?
The problems were the same ones found in the previous school (Govt. School Madhapur). The building does not have proper iron taps to connect the filter too. With the help of Honer Homes, a construction corporation that builds apartment complexes in India, we are able to construct a overhead tank that will be able to successfully connect to the filter. From transportation to finding/connecting me to needy schools, the team at Honer Homes has lent a helping hand in every step of the way during the trip to Hyderabad.
What is JCWI?
JCWI (Jasti Clean Water Initiative) is an organization that strives to help provide access to clean water to underprivileged schools and communities in India.
Growing up in an Indian family and visiting India numerous times led me to be very aware of the lack of clean drinking water. What I saw led me to contribute to water purification research during the 2018-2019 school year, which won me $725 in research scholarships. Through JCWI, I hope to provide clean water for communities that cannot afford it on their own.
I finished my first fundraiser for JCWI in June and raised over $2000 from people in India and the Holmdel community.
For more information about JCWI, check out our website: https://www.jcwi.org/