A Long Walk to Water
For children who live around Mutomo, Kenya, getting ready for the school day starts as early as 4 am. Not all children of course – only the ones whose families can afford the school fees. They are considered the lucky ones, but they still don’t have it easy.
Before they go to school, many of these children walk more than 7 miles over difficult terrain to the nearest water source, where they have to get in line and wait their turn, often for hours, to collect water for the day.
Apart from the steep and slippery climb, there are other dangers lurking, like poisonous snakes, crocodiles and human predators who prey on the vulnerable.
For most, the water they find is contaminated, but it’s all they have.
After collecting the water, they repeat the journey, this time carrying gallons of water back home. Once home, they wash and get dressed and start the next journey – this time to school.
For many children, the daily job of finding and collecting water takes precedence over everything else; it’s first and foremost a struggle for survival. In this area of Kenya, only 42% of children complete primary school, and water is a key determinant.
A safe water source at school would literally mean an oasis in their lives – a place where water is always available. No more thirst, clean hands, and a little bit of luxury in one of the driest places on earth.
THIS JULY, HELP US REACH OUR GOAL OF DELIVERING CLEAN WATER TO SIX PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN MUTOMO, KENYA.
With the purchase of sustainable filtration systems for these schools, thousands of children will access to clean water. This safe water source at school would literally be an oasis in their lives.
Today, let the living water of your faith flow, and help these children reach their full potential.