There remains a dire need for access to clean water, especially in the poverty stricken villages in the areas that we serve. It is estimated that over 90% of the treatable diseases in children of the area, are due to lack of access to clean water. Diseases including: malaria; diarrhea; cholera; dysentery; and various skin diseases could be prevented by access to clean water.
Most natural sources of water for the villages are not safe and as a result, villagers will often boil the water before use. Much of the available water may contain fecal material or become contaminated as the residents bathe or do laundry in the same water to be used for their families consumption. Our approach is to both protect the springs and wells from contamination and construct boreholes where new sources are required.
Another consequence of the clean water challenge is that the job of carrying of water for the family usually falls on the women and children. It may be that the source of clean water is several miles away. As a result, children may be forced to miss school to provide water for the family and they often will miss additional school time due to illness from water-borne diseases.
WANT TO HELP? Future well projects are planned for Bukuma and neighboring villages. Additional funding will allow us to expand to other areas of need. A new well may cost up to $6,000 depending on the geological factors and depth of the well. Your help is highly appreciated!