Little Heroes Foundation representative, Jessica Braithwaite, recently returned from visiting the Little Heroes-Natures Sunshine Clean Water Project currently underway in Zhongwei, China.
Zhongwei is located in the desert region of the Ningxia Province of China. The local people live very poorly which an average annual income of $535 per household. It is extremely difficult for them to get water, let alone clean water. Households typically collect rainwater and store it in dirty underground cellars. When the rainwater is gone, they must travel a full day to collect water from a polluted nearby river.
The children in Zhongwei are especially vulnerable to disease because of the unsafe water. Their bodies are not strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses that come from drinking dirty water.
When learning about the conditions in which these children live, Little Heroes was eager to partner with the YangFan Foundation who has worked to establish an efficient system of purchasing and installing clean water filtering machines in local boarding schools across Zhongwei.
During her visit, Jessica was able to meet the engineer who created the clean water filtering machines as well as visit many of the schools where Little Heroes has installed clean water machines. In addition, Jessica was able to interact with many of the 14,983 children who have already been impacted by this project.
Little Heroes looks forward to continuing their efforts to improve the lives of more children in rural China through the Clean Water Project. Thank you to all LHF staff, supporters, donors, volunteers, Chinese government representatives, YangFan foundation and our founding sponsor Natures Sunshine! It takes a lot of special people to make things happen!
To see more pictures from Jessica’s trip, click here.
Also, be sure to check back to the Little Heroes blog to hear stories from Jessica’s trip and to learn about the children being impacted by this project!