Provide Safe Drinking Water

Posted by on Dec 19, 2012

Provide Safe Drinking Water

Worldwide, over 780 million people lack access to an improved source of drinking water. One out of every five deaths of children under the age of five  is due to a water-related disease. In Sierra Leone, where our work is focused now, there was a cholera epidemic in summer 2012 because of contaminated water. In one town where we have begun working, over forty children died of cholera.

Mariatu's Hope

Mariatu’s Hope team, Ruth and Robert Search taking measurements in preparation to rehab the Tardi community well.

The global water crisis affects women disproportionately. Women who are usually responsible for household cleaning, cooking and washing work, all requiring water. Often hours are taken out of their days collecting water. This work is extremely physically demanding with women carrying weights over long distances, sometimes under dangerous condition.

Our partner on safe water projects in Sierra Leone is Mariatu’s Hope, a Sierra Leone National non-governmental organization, that works with vulnerable communities and individuals to inspire hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11) through Infant Nutrition, Safe Water Access, Proper Sanitation and Health and Hygiene promotion. They make a dramatic and lasting impact in communities by combining well construction and well rehabilitation projects with training of well committees, construction of sanitation facilities, and hygiene and sanitation training all in the context of presenting the Gospel.

We have also helped with the construction of new hand-dug wels in rural Batkanu village and in Monrovia Liberia. This small beginning has helped us recognize the need for hundreds of wells and for effective water purification technologies.