Ten year old Isaac kneels down to fill his container from a contaminated water source  in Kalingalinga, a poverty stricken
compound in Lusaka Zambia. Isaac is not the only person drawing water from this filthy water hole, others as well as animals drink from this source. As he fills his bottle, he points out that he is careful to “push” away the trash and dead bugs that are floating in the water.

Isaac kneeling down to get a drink of water from a contaminated water source.

The contents of that water can cause him to suffer from stomach cramps, fever and vomiting. When he drinks water from this watering hole he lacks the energy and ability to go to school, do his chores and play with friends. But he doesn’t have much of a choice.  Clean, safe, sanitary water is a long walk off and beyond that challenge, the larger obstacle is “that” water costs money that he nor the people he stays with have.

Young children die from dehydration and malnutrition, results of suffering from diarrheal illnesses that could be prevented by clean water and good hygiene

Diseases due to contaminated water and poor sanitation take the lives of 300,000 children under 5 every year. That’s 34 children an hour. It’s as if every hour of every day, a classroom full of children disappears forever. All from unclean water.

Issac and his friends need clean, safe, sanitary water, it is key to their success.  When the children from the compounds have access to clean water, life is restored.  Children are healthy and able to attend school, they are able to concentrate and to study. Parents are able to work. Diseases are slowed.  Water is life and a life cannot thrive without clean water. These children need your help.

Each African Vision of Hope School and community has a clean water well. Water is life. It’s also time. This is time that can be spent learning in the classroom.

 

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