The Butembo school in the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of many that lack access to safe drinking water. That means most of the children don't have access to clean water either at school or at home.
At school, Emmanuel says students are forced to leave the school grounds and cross two busy streets to a safe public water source. To avoid missing class, sometimes the students use whatever water they can find at the school to wash their hands or grab a quick drink.
As a result, they get frequent stomach aches, chronic diarrhea and other ailments that come with drinking contaminated water. This leads to chronic illnesses and puts students and teachers alike at risk of infection from deadly parasites, Ebola and COVID-19.
But it doesn't have to be this way.