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Clean water and a school for Concilie
Concilie Niyongabire, 11, is from the Burenza Region of Burundi. She is happy that ActionAid has built a new school and provided her community with water.
Before we got clean water, we used to get all kinds of diseases - my whole family would get sick. We would collect water from down in the valley - anywhere we could find a tiny stream. The water in the valley would have animals in it. You would find black mud, earthworms and frogs. We used this water for everything. We had no choice. Now thanks to ActionAid we have tap water connected and we can drink water or use it for cooking and not get sick.
The school the children attended was just a temporary shelter, covered with tarpaulin. When it rained the kids would get wet and cold, making it hard to concentrate and leading to illness.
The new school building means they are no longer cold. Class sizes have also been reduced, so the children can get the most from their education.