More Than Clean Water

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 13, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Paul Nkhata posted in Impact Stories, Malawi, WV, Clean Water

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Monica now has water to grow vegetables in her backyard garden

Access to safe water continues to be a challenge in most parts of the developing world, including Malawi. This was true of Zgalambe village in the Mutchenda Area Program, where Monica Phiri and her family live. The only source of contaminated water was the nearby river about 2 kilometers away from the village. At the same time, no person would ever think of having a backyard vegetable garden that could be a source of vitamins and other nutrients good for the health of children and adults. Research shows that every day nearly 1,000 children die from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation and unsafe hygiene practices.

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Babsa's Cause

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 11, 2019 4:39:59 PM / by Tamiru Chewaka posted in Ethiopia, Impact Stories, WV, Clean Water

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Aselefech (right) and her neighbor Chaltu wash cups with clean water from the borehole

‘‘I wish my son would have been alive to see the safe water we have, and a healthy life we enjoy nowadays,’’ said a mother whose teenage son died of waterborne disease 10 years ago. She could not comprehend her son’s passing nor could she come to terms with life without him.

Aselefech Meshesha (57) lives in the Bosset district, 85 miles east of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The area is characterized by its sandy soil and scrubby vegetation and a warmer, drier climate. Shortage of water is apparent.

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Faith Leaders Target Hygiene

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 11, 2019 4:38:22 PM / by Justus Koech, World Vision Kenya posted in Impact Stories, Kenya, WV, Clean Water

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Pastor Julius watches with a smile as his children wash their hands at the church hand washing kit

“Can I imagine a link between pastoral work and hygiene and sanitation? Hmm..., I can’t see the connection…,” the words battled in my mind even as Lawrence Nzai, the World Vision staff on hygiene and sanitation in Lower Yatta Area Development Program, drove me to meet Pastor Julius Muthami, of the Redeemed Gospel Church in Kanyangi. His wife and children were outside their home, with 2 other women working on their hair in the evening sunlight. We could see a latrine near the church building to the extreme end of the plot and their house on the opposite end. A handwashing kit was strategically placed not far from the ventilated improved pit latrine, a testimony to improved hygiene practice.

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Water, The Joy of Life

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 11, 2019 3:36:36 PM / by Johnny Lopez posted in Impact Stories, WV, Honduras, Clean Water

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Reina (middle) enjoys a glass of clean water with her friends.

It’s a sunny day, you can hear the roosters sing and the smell of fresh coffee lingers around the house of Mrs. Reina Herrera. She lives in the community of Nueva Coyola, a beautiful community with access to clean water. “Having access to clean water gives me the opportunity to take care of my house, spend more time with my family and live a healthy life,” Mrs. Reina says. She has been living for many years in this community. “I remember when I was a child, my mom, my sibling and I used to wake very early in the morning, around 4:00 am to find water. I was only 6 years old.

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Ethiopia-WATER: Manual Drilling Eases Tringo's Burden

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2019 9:51:00 AM / by Tamiru Chewaka posted in Ethiopia, Impact Stories, WV, Clean Water

“Getting up as early as 5:00am and walking every day for one hour to a nearby water source to fetch water was really wearisome,” said Tringo Buche (18). She is a twelfth- grader and lives with her parents and five siblings in Gatame village in the Hula district, 240 miles south of Ethiopia’s capital.

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One Liter of Water

[fa icon="calendar'] May 14, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by Justus Koech, World Vision Kenya posted in Impact Stories, Kenya, WV, Clean Water

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Irene washing her son's face

We are greeted by two young mothers, as we inspect a borehole site and it’s imposing solar panel roof. Its size makes it a unique site in the hilly landscape. From here one can see the seasonal Wethanga River just about a quarter mile below. We can even see the homes across the river that have no access to clean and safe water. But the World Vision Area Development Program is planning a pipeline across the seasonal river to serve the other villages. The young mothers, Irene (30) and Janet (31), look relaxed. They are going to pick some pumpkins from Janet’s field. They are relaxed because they are no longer tired from the toils of fetching water from the Wethanga River and hauling it up the hill to their homes, about 3km away.  

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We Have Everything

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 20, 2019 10:57:00 AM / by Nadia Castro posted in Water, Impact Stories, WV, Honduras, Clean Water

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 The morning sun shines on a small house at the end of a rocky road. The green lawn and beautiful pink flowers surround the home of Mr. Eliseo Mendez and his sister Maria Patricia Mendez. They have lived in La Panila, Honduras, for over 12 years and only recently received water at their house. Eliseo is a teacher at the same local school where he attended as a little boy. He remembers growing up without access to water at their house. “We would wake up early and walk 20 minutes to a well in the mountain, gather the water with our buckets and then walk back down. Somedays we would walk up to four times,” says Eliseo.

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Cultivating Our Dreams

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 25, 2019 1:51:00 PM / by Esther Chidodolo posted in Economic Empowerment, Tanzania, Impact Stories, WV, Clean Water

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Mayoka village is surrounded by beautiful mountains and a big river that flows around the village. It’s hot and dry and area farmers are working their farms, preparing for the next short rainy season. Approaching Maria and Lawrence’s farm, a cool breeze blows through the green and lush vegetation.

Maria (50) and Lawrence (55) are married and have five children, three boys and two girls. They are farmers and raise livestock as their main source of income. Four of their children go to school and one is working in Arusha town.

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World Water Day: How World Vision is responding

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 21, 2019 9:11:41 PM / by Chris Huber posted in Syria, Water, Afghanistan, Kenya, WV, International Day, Honduras, Clean Water, Mali

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In celebration of World Water Day, we’re sharing some of the ways that World Vision provides clean water. We currently reach one new person with clean water every 10 seconds. In doing so, our actual work varies depending on the needs of the community and the type of water that’s available. We also always work to empower communities to take ownership of the water systems which helps ensure that the water we provide is sustained long after we’ve left. Here are five examples of our work:

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Bringing Clean Water to All

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 19, 2019 1:29:00 PM / by Jimmy Gahima posted in Impact Stories, WV, Rwanda, Clean Water

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Rwanda has set a goal of be the first country to fulfill World Vision’s commitment to reach everyone, everywhere we work, with clean water, sanitation and hygiene by 2022. No one knows that better than Ferediana. Mukampazimpaka Ferediana (62) is a single grandmother that lives in the Mata community in World Vision’s Nyaruguru Area Program. Her three grandchildren live with her - Arianne (3), Jeannine (6) and Jean (9). Besides her daily struggle to provide for her grandchildren, one of her main challenges was access to clean water.

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