DETERMINED schoolchildren took on a water challenge in a bid to buy a well for families living in poverty.
St Mary Magdalen’s Primary School, in Seaham, has set itself the challenge of raising £750 to buy the well, as a Christmas present, for a Third World community.
To help the children at the East Durham school understand more about what life is like without access to clean water, the youngsters were set a special bucket challenge.
Joanne Robson, Year 2 teacher at the Dene House Road school, said all the children were asked to bring £1 into school, along with a bucket.
The buckets were arranged in a course around the school grounds and the children were challenged to fill all the buckets with water.
Joanne said: “It was a way of getting the children to think about what life must be like when you can’t just turn on the tap for a drink of water and the only way you can get water is to carry buckets such a long way.
“It is very hard for any of us to really imagine how hard it must be.”
The school has been raising money and buying gifts through Cafod, the official Catholic aid agency, for a few years and thought the gift of a well for Christmas would be a good project for the children to work on.
The £750 community water supply gift provides the materials and know-how to build wells, water tanks and reservoirs, and to install and lay pumps, water pipes and taps to provide clean, safe water to villages.
Children at St Mary Magdalen’s already have £350 from the Fairtrade tuck shop they run.
Joanne said it is quite a challenge to raise the money by Christmas, but she is hopeful they can do it.