When was the last time you got a glass of water? I tend to get up in the middle of the night, thirsty. I can easily walk to one of the many sinks in my house to get water and then crawl back into bed within about 90 seconds. I’m so spoiled and chances are, you are too. Chances are you have more than one water source in your home and that getting water has never interfered with your daily plans.
A child gets water from a local watering source.
Imagine for a moment that it did. Imagine having to chose whether your children went to school OR to get water. Whether you went to work to get money for your family OR traveled to get water. Unfortunately, water takes precedence and that means other areas of life, like livelihood and education, suffer.
To make matters worse, the water is often contaminated, creating a huge risk of waterborne diseases, putting children at the highest risk for illness and even death. 1 out of 10 childhood deaths were due to diarrhea in 2015, mainly in low and middle-income countries, which is commonly due to lack of clean water.
This is the dark reality for so many around the globe and the reason Food for the Hungry (FH) works so hard, thanks to donors like you, to install and maintain water wells in vulnerable communities.
(Click here to read more about FH’s efforts to make water more accessible around the globe.)
These wells change everything.
When a vulnerable family has access to clean water sources, their health dramatically improves, and children are free to attend school regularly instead of walking long distances to get water or staying home sick. When families have clean water, they’re able to spend their income on education rather than preventable medical expenses. Increased water access all improves agriculture and can increase livelihood for farmers.
Dinkie Kebede, 50, is widow with 5 children who joined FH and now benefits from a well, seeds, and watering cans.
Dinkie knows this well. She is a 50-year-old widow who lives in Ethiopia where the El Niño weather phenomenon caused drought and famine. (Click here to read more about the El Niño drought.)
Her family did not have easy access to clean water. She was a farmer but was only able to produce one crop per year because she had to depend on rain water to water the crops. After her husband passed, she had to sell their livestock to ensure her family’s survival.
“All the family members were forced to live with a small income insufficient for clothing, spices such as salt and pepper, coffee, vegetables, and school materials,” Dinkie said. “We were eating small portions of food twice a day just to sustain our lives.”
Then she joined FH programming. In addition to receiving training and vegetable seeds, her family was given a hand dug well. This has changed everything. Her family has easier access to water, which helps them stay healthy. Additionally, she is able to produce three crops per year. One during the rainy season and two additional crops using the well water!
Now her children have water AND vegetables thanks to one well.
she even has additional income from selling the leftover vegetables (tomatoes mainly).
Simple water access has changed Dinkie’s life and the lives of her children. Now they don’t have to worry about getting enough water because it’s always there. She has been given the peace of mind most of us take for granted: knowing we won’t go thirsty.
We know you love stories like this. You have a heart to help others receive this type of life change. It’s a big order, but I’d like to ask you to give a water well today. Please click here to change lives.
If you can’t afford a water well, but still want to help prevent families from going thirsty, click here to give other water-related gifts.