“Water is the most critical resource issue of our lifetime and our children’s lifetime. The health of our waters is the principal measure of how we live on the land” – Luna Leopold.
Clean safe water is essential for healthy living. Where it is not accessible, people depend on polluted water from unsafe sources for domestic use. Such water contains germs which cause diseases such as diarrhea, typhoid, cholera and dysentery, among many others. These diseases can kill or cause a lot of suffering to people. According to some research findings, it is estimated that globally:
- 25,000 people die every day due to infections from water-borne diseases;
- diarrhea alone kills 800 children under the age of 5 years every day
Nyatao area in Muhoroni District of Kenya is one such place where there is great scarcity of clean safe water for domestic use. People here have, for more than 50 years, depended on water from river and ponds polluted by agricultural, industrial as well as human and animal solid wastes due to poor sanitation. Moreover, the same sources are not easily accessible – people have to walk long distances to reach them. Consequently, there have been many deaths and human suffering related to use of dirty and contaminated water.
To save lives and also improve the quality of life for the people living in Nyatao area, Seed of Empowerment for African Partners, in 2018, sunk a 200 metre deep borehole equipped with solar-powered water-tank with facilities to enable 400 households in the immediate neighbourhood access 100 litres of clean safe water daily. for their domestic use. Improved access to safe clean water means:
- a healthy population and increased number of productive days annually leading to increased economic well being.
- women save time spent on fetching water for the family and use the same to pursue learning of skills outside their traditional roles and use them to break the cycle of poverty;
- girls save time and energy they spend on fetching water for the family and use the same to concentrate on their studies to improve their performance at school;
- reducing people’s suffering from intestinal worms and other parasites as because of poor hygiene as a result of using unsafe contaminated water;
- women save time and energy to use in caring for their families;
- reduced opportunistic infections among people living with HIV/AIDS.
These life-changing impacts of on the people’s health, improved education and economy equip them for a great life in a better world .