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- School kids get clean drinking water under Support My School campaign
Gift of purity

Jorhat, March 21: Clean drinking water ahead of World Water Day and a cricket pitch for the visually handicapped are among the gifts received by eight schools here under Support My School campaign, of which Sachin Tendulkar had been the brand ambassador.

In a function held at Bishnupur Mazdoor Adarsha LP School near Cinnamara here today, the campaign announced the successful completion of its second phase of development in schools lacking facilities.

Ringphamchung Khartu, programme manager of Jorhat Urban Area Development Project, World Vision India, said they had selected schools in semi-urban and rural areas based on an extensive survey.

The Jorhat unit has launched the programme in partnership with NDTV and CocaCola, the two companies that had launched the programme in 2011, along with UN-Habitat and Charities Aid Foundation.

“As every child deserves clean drinking water, we launched the campaign ahead of World Water Day tomorrow with the theme Water for Health. We also held a drawing competition on the theme among the 200 schoolchildren who participated in today’s programme,” Khartu said.

Bishnupur Mazdoor Adarsha LP School is one of the eight schools in the district to be selected in the campaign’s second phase, which has picked 262 schools across the country for renovation this year. The other seven are Sadar Bagan LP School, New Tocklai LP School, Rowriah LP School at Bijoynagar, Cinnamara Higher Secondary School, Cinnamara Girls’ High School, Lakshmi Union High School and Jorhat Blind School.

“We conducted a survey to find which school needed what and accordingly prepared proposals for renovation, sports facilities and other basic amenities and infrastructure for these eight schools,” he said.

He said absenteeism was high in schools in the rural areas because of lack of infrastructure, sanitation and drinking water facilities and they were building these, especially for girls, in the selected schools. Almost all the schools are getting a boundary wall and sports and recreation facilities like slides and swings.

The Jorhat Blind School had sought a cricket pitch while the Cinnamara Higher Secondary School had wanted a badminton court and a pipeline connection for its chemistry classroom.

Musfique Ahmed Hazarika, a science teacher of Jorhat Blind School, said the students played cricket with a special ball that produced a sound. At one point, when the student strength was large, they had two teams, which used to play friendly matches. “The students themselves sought the pitch and members of World Vision India acceded to their request,” he added.

Impuri Ngayawon, media engagement associate, World Vision India, New Delhi, told The Telegraph over phone that 101 schools were covered in the in the first phase in 2012-13. World Vision was not a partner in the first phase, but in the second phase it will select 100 of the 262 schools to be covered across the country.

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