They’ve never tasted clean water…until now!

16. November 2016 From the Field 0

Not long ago, the clean, refreshing water you see in this photograph was an impossibility. Mothers and children had to walk three miles to a murky, parasite-infested stream to collect their entire day’s water supply for drinking, cleaning, bathing and cooking. The sight of women making the brutal journey barefoot, often in the dead of night, with infants slung on their backs and heavy buckets balanced on their heads was an everyday occurrence.

The water these women carried—a revolting stew of parasites, fecal matter and whatever other contaminants spilled into the stream—was their means of survival. But it was also making them sick. Diarrhea and cholera were an ever-present threat, especially for the children.

Nyandeka village is the site of a completed Cross International well, or bore hole. All photos were part of a trip to Chipata, Zambia for a Cross International major donor campaign about water and sanitation with partner Kachere Development Program, KDP. Photo by Benjamin Rusnak
Nyandeka village is the site of a completed Cross International well, or bore hole. All photos were part of a trip to Chipata, Zambia for a Cross International major donor campaign about water and sanitation with partner Kachere Development Program, KDP. Photo by Benjamin Rusnak

But no longer!

Through our partnership with a local pastor and the Kachere Development Program, Nyandeka village has been blessed with a hand-pump well that dispenses clean, abundant water from deep below the surface. This simple solution, installed a short walk from the villagers’ thatched-roof homes, is already making a difference. Illness is on the decline, and mothers have more time to tend to their families’ other needs. The well has been a bright spot amid the turmoil of an especially difficult year, as a weak rainy season has ruined many crops and increased the challenge of finding water.

Jonathan, the “head man” of the village, thanked our partner for this lifesaving gift and said, “What they have done shows they are really Christians.”

In the process of meeting this village’s water and sanitation needs, we also learned about another need. A local woman has asked for Bibles, because the villagers are too poor to afford them. We look forward to working with the Kachere Development Program to respond to the people’s thirst for God’s Word.

Thanks to every one of you who helped make this village’s dream of clean water a reality!


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