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The remoteness makes life a real challenge for the villagers. They are far from facilities that we take for granted, including electricity and water. The local children have to carry water from the valleys up to their homes and are expected to bring a jerry can of water and a bundle of firewood before running off to school three or four miles away every morning. Over half of the population are under the age of 14 with over 60% of children being malnourished. Up to 50% of people are illiterate and the fertility rate is over 8 children/ woman. Over 85% of the population live on less that 1 US dollar each day and most people survive by subsistence farming. Education is the only way to break the vicious cycle of poverty. HIV/AIDS and unemployment are special challenges and school drop outs are most vulnerable.

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