COMMUNITY WELL

$3343.00

 

A water well is a life-changing gift for an entire community. This well will help vulnerable families have access to clean water! Schools, churches and families will benefit from clean water for drinking, cooking and proper sanitation. Easy access to clean water means that an entire community will have improved health. This gift provides the materials and labor to build a well.

 

COUNTRIES

  • D.R. CONGO
  • NICARAGUA
  • MOZAMBIQUE
  • UGANDA
  • ETHIOPIA

 

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ITEM #10900A

WHY IT MATTERS

  • 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.
  • Since water sources are often contaminated, there is 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.
  • When families have clean water, they’re able to spend their income on education rather than preventable medical expenses.

A Story of True Impact

Boru Sako is a 9-year-old boy who lives in Kenya with his younger sister and brother, his mother Mary, and his father Isako. The family used to have to fetch water from a water source that was shared with livestock. The water was contaminated and the journey to fetch water was dangerous since herds of animals were also fighting for the water. The family had to carry jerrycan containers holding over five gallons of water back home, which was over a mile walk. Since the water was so hard to come by, they had to ration it out, which severely affected their hygiene and sanitation practices. Water-related illnesses were common for the family. Then friends like you gave the community a water well!

Boru and his family no longer have to walk great distances to access water. Their water source is clean and their illnesses have dramatically decreased. They no longer have to compete with livestock for water and the children can focus on school. Their sanitation practices have improved since the children can bathe daily, their kitchen utensils can be washed and the latrine can be cleaned. They’ve also implemented hand-washing into their regular practices. The entire community is working together on water management. A committee has been formed to take on individual responsibilities for maintaining the well. Families now have a greater hope for the future.