Scarcity of clean drinking water is one among the pivotal problems that rural India faces. While efforts have been made by various governmental and non-governmental organizations to address this problem, it is still very much a reality in many places across the country. Since, clean drinking water affects health directly, in the rural areas of India, school attendance is often adversely affected due to this. But so far, the effects of cleaner water on school attendance and illness rates have not been quantified. In this project, we aim to digitize the data of school attendance and clinical records of patience before and after clean drinking water. Also, we will be analyzing the connection between clean water and education to contribute to a better and informed infrastructure investment.
It is not an unknown fact that access to clean drinking water keeps diseases and health issues at bay. In rural and underdeveloped parts of the world, it has been observed that improvements in relation to both clean water and hygiene education, have had positive effects on the attendance rates of students in schools. There still remain the following points to be addressed: The combined, if possible interactive, the effect of these two interventions on school attendance as opposed to their individual effect. How/if the effect of these two interventions on the absent rate of students changes after multiple years of their implementation. What effect do these interventions have on rates of stomach illness among all (not just students at schools) members of those communities having access to clean water systems.
Our project will be of great importance in quantifying the impact that infrastructural investment has on health and by extension, on education. This research will indicate the benefit of long-term investments in infrastructure on health and education and with this knowledge at hand, the concerned authorities can invest efficiently and effectively in parts of rural India. And it can be said that the most sustainable investment is that which strives to improve the education and overall health of a community's children.
Scholl for Innovation specializes in the digitization of handwritten records. The best part is that it offers non-profit pricing to projects that support education, environment, health and social services. The cost of digitizing the data of the school attendance records is 2,50,000 and we hope to raise this amount, and an additional 1,00,000 for the digitization of records from the clinics where members of the concerned communities go. We hope you will help us to further this good cause and bring this project to reality!