This school has 550 children here and they need drinking water

In spite of four handpumps and a water pump in the school, the children of Marcha Middle School are still thirsty. There only source of water in this village's government school, is a well without any protective barricades, on the premises. A year ago the district Assembly Legislator Paulo Soren had commissioned a water pump to be installed in the school. However, the pump was stolen within a few days of installation, leaving the children and staff of the school thirsty for water. "We are constantly worried that children may fall into the well while drawing water. If a pump is fixed, we will be relieved," says Namgyan Topno.

Under the RTE, safe drinking water is the right of every student. Call the Assembly Legislator Mr Paulo Soren of Torpa on the number in the video to make him aware of this problem. The children of Marcha are waiting for you to call.

This video was made by a Video Volunteers Community Correspondent Amit Topno.

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