Water and Life

One of the things I take for granted in this life is the ability to go to the faucet, turn it on, and drink what comes out. It’s just an automatic process for me, but for many people on this earth getting clean water isn’t quite so easy.

Mission Network News reports on how Living Water International is combating this problem and changing people’s lives:

This year, Living Water International is rehabilitating more than 100 wells in Sierra Leone, where many open wells are contaminated by surface water during the rainy season.

Sierra Leone’s sanitation is poor, and its water table is high. So surface water transports all kinds of filth and debris into the wells. As a result, many people contract diarrhea and cholera – often fatally. Water-related disease is the single largest killer of infants in developing countries. Sierra Leone, according to UNICEF, is one of the worst places on earth to be a child.

Life is changing, however, in places like Calaba Town. Dr. Charles Kimbe, community health officer of Calaba Town, diagnosed 50 cases of cholera in 2007. In 2008, the town has not had a single case of cholera!

Read the rest of the article here.

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