Let’s have a drink together – or are you hesitant?

If you are hesitant to drink some water with me. You might be right. The water source is not the best…

Above is the spring water well that is being used by over 300 household’s here in the surrounding of Webuye in Western Kenya. The people have been drawing stagnant water, and used it as drinking water. The consequences were often water with a high bacteria level right from the water source thus leading to diarrhea and other severe diseases such as typhoid and amoeba. Another big issue was the safety aspect.

Now we have converted it into a better and safer water for use location

After a child fell in and nearly died in that spring as he tried to get water for the aged grandmother who was sick and in the house, he was only rescued by passerby people.

The locals engage to build a safe water source – reducing contamination and with better safety standards, especially for children.

„We bought materials and talked to people and engaged them to enhance safe water and safety. Now the community can get safe and clean water, and safety is now guaranteed,“ Chris, my local social worker shared with me yesterday.

In addition our water purification project for more than 1200 households (ca 6000 people) in Bungoma county/Webuye has been started to ensure a healthier drinking water quality to the people and to reduce the bacteria level. Very pragmatic and easy to realize approaches, awareness and hygiene trainings are supplementing the infrastructural works. More information about it will follow soon.

Sure, it is a small thing, and not part of the main health activities we run there under the umbrella of MakingMore Health, but it is for sure an essential one for the people living around. Health needs also safe and healthy infrastructures “on the ground.”
Change for better starts where it creates positive impact and where it is implemented together with the local people who make the change happen.

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