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PUBLISHED: 17:59 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 11:08 12 August 2010

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PUPILS have saved the lives of up to 500 African people, simply by drinking water. Students at St Olaves Grammar School, Orpington have sponsored a well in the Manicaland Province of Zimbabwe by setting up a partnership with charity Pump Aid and AquAid w

PUPILS have saved the lives of up to 500 African people, simply by drinking water.

Students at St Olaves Grammar School, Orpington have sponsored a well in the Manicaland Province of Zimbabwe by setting up a partnership with charity Pump Aid and AquAid water coolers.

For every four water coolers, they earn the right to have a well inscribed with their name installed in Zimbabwe.

Each well takes approximately four months to construct and each community is educated on the construction and the maintenance of the well.

The scheme, founded by chief executive of Pump Aid Ian Thorpe, has helped more than one million people who would have otherwise died from diseases by drinking dirty water.

Norman Kincaide, the school's Bursar, said: "We are delighted to be part of such a unique scheme.

"To think that whilst we are encouraging our children to drink more water for their own health's sake, we are also saving lives in another part of the world, is quite staggering."

Linda McCarthy, AquAid Sales Director, said: "To improve the quality of life locally and globally is quite a tall order. However in this small way, we are able to make a difference."

For more information about the scheme, call 020 8464 9656.

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