Water as Witness

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Naomi and her two-year-old, Muterian, enjoy the benefits of clean water in their community.

Naomi, 24, and her husband have three young children. They live in Kisapuk village in Kenya and rely on livestock for their livelihood. Clean water is key to their personal health and to their animals’ health.

Naomi used to travel for miles and wait for hours to get water for cooking and drinking. It often made them sick, but they had no choice but to drink it.

Each day after getting home from a long walk, Naomi says, “Knowing I had to get water again tomorrow tortured me. I used to fear getting down into the pond, because you could easily slip and fall and drown.”

A borehole well, storage tank, water kiosk, and pipeline system have made a huge difference in their lives.

 “In addition to getting water closer, life has changed,” she says. “My personal hygiene has really improved because of water.”

The borehole serves about 2,000 people in their area, as well as four schools.

An unexpected  benefit: “When the borehole was drilled and people saw water coming from the ground, people realized there is a God,” Naomi says. “That has made more people go to church and pray.”

 

Photo©2016 World Vision, Chris Huber

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