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Access to clean water can have a big impact on children’s education. They are less likely to get sick, which means fewer days off school and more time spent learning.

The students at Derniere Riviere Combined School in Saint Lucia have a lot to say about the importance of clean water.

She will save lives, meet Sheli

Age: 10
Ambition: To become a doctor

“Water is power. We need it to survive. If you’re thirsty you need it.”

A future athlete, meet Ethan

Age: 9
Ambition: To be a footballer like Messi

“Water is life. We need it for everything.”

A scientist to be, meet Colin

Age: 11
Ambition: To become a chemist

“I think of disease when I think about water. Our water in Dennery is so filthy that it leaves mud at the bottom of the buckets. That is not healthy.”

She will shape minds, meet Aviola

Age: 9
Ambition: To be an English, maths and science teacher

“Water is useful. I need it to brush my teeth, have a shower and wash my clothes.”

The next world champion, meet Clive

Age: 10
Ambition: To become a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestler

“Water is life. We need it to live. Without water we would be dead and our bodies would not be like they are now.”

Goals will be his, meet Zaki

Age: 12
Ambition: To be the best footballer 

“When I think about water, I think of disasters. Life. That's all I think about.”

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