eNEWS - March 2013
Clean Water in Jerricans Brings Multiple Blessings to a Community in Need
Clean, refreshing bottled water and public water fountains are usually available and easy to access for most thirsty Americans.
But for most impoverished people around the world, accessing clean water requires sacrifice and work.
In the village of Waye Godha near Nairobi, Kenya, the closest water source for community members was a small pond filled with dirty water. It was unsafe for drinking and often resulted in outbreaks of water-related diseases, such as diarrhea. If the women in the community weren’t willing to sacrifice the risk of disease, their only other option was to walk nine miles to reach an alternative source and spend the day carrying 20 liters of water on their backs in a jerrican. That’s 5.3 gallons – each gallon weighing 8 pounds!
A daily trip like this caused many girls, including Yubo, to drop out of school. Fetching the water was also dangerous to their health. Many women suffered miscarriages due to carrying heavy loads over the dangerous terrain.
With the financial support of faithful partners like you, Food for the Hungry (FH) collaborated with community members to build a water reservoir tank in Waye Godha. The community contributed locally available material and labor. FH conducted several trainings in water handling, treatment and maintenance, and trainings in good health practices.
This project is currently benefiting more than 2,000 community members, including Yubo.
But the work didn’t stop there. The women’s group Yubo belonged to became empowered to begin spreading hygiene messages within the community, so they would be taking full advantage of their improved water system.
As a result, dirty water-related diseases decreased, and women in the community took less time to fetch water. Yubo’s family has even been able to use piped water from the new water tank reservoir to irrigate their farm and garden. Her husband, who traveled a long distance to earn an income, now works full-time at home on the farm.
All of their four children are in school.
What multiple blessings to be celebrated! With World Water Day on March 22, please join FH in celebration and recognition as we continue working to provide clean, accessible water around the world.