Water You Wouldn't Dare Drink

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Naomi fills a jerry can with dirty water at her old water source in Kenya.

Naomi lives with her husband, Edward, and their three boys in Kisapuk. It’s way off the beaten path, near Namanga, at Kenya’s southern border with Tanzania. She used to travel about two miles to get water for cooking and drinking.

Depending on the day, she would wait for hours to get her turn filling her jerry cans at the well. Sometimes it took all day because she had to climb to the bottom of the spring and wait for water to seep up from the ground. The rock-walled pit got slippery in the rainy season.

After the long walk, Naomi says, “I used to fear getting down into the pond because you could easily slip and fall and drown.”

Now Naomi collects water for drinking, cooking, and washing each day from a water station, with two spigots that is managed by a volunteer from the community water committee. She pays about 3 cents for every five gallons, which funds system maintenance and repairs.

Every water facility her family and their livestock need is within a five-minute walk of the house. A pump feeds water from the well to a storage tank just feet away. The pipeline carries the water from the tank to the station about 40 feet away. It also is diverted to the animal watering trough in an open area about 100 feet from the station.

6K (3.73 miles) is the average distance women and children in Africa have to walk for water – water that you wouldn’t dare drink.

Find out how you can run or walk 6K so that more women and children in Africa don’t have to.

Photo©2016 World Vision, Chris Huber

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