Africa It was a four hour Journey and most of the woman and children walked that twice a day. Just Imagine getting up before dawn to make this long Journey to get a bucket of water filled with a little water, dirt, algae, cow and goat feces, bacteria, mosquito larvae and other insect eggs, parasites, and various waterborne diseases waiting for a host. They have no time for anything else in the scalding-hot heat of the afternoon. What they carried was liquid that was at conflict with themselves.
With no other options but this, the muddy water could make them sick with the various diseases that lay rampant In this liquid poison. How can It be that Africa, among other countries in the world, has no access to the purest elements there is: water? They hang on by a simple thread praying for a miracle, while often dying, for something as simple as clean drinking water. Although the water crisis in Africa is acute and its effects are devastating, there are many organizations trying to raise awareness and find viable solutions.
Mary Adulthood Is a thirty six year old woman raising four children on her own. A ewe years ago her husband became violently Ill with malaria and typhoid. He started having frequent diarrhea, which only subsided while he was in the hospital. It became clear to Mary, that her husband felt better in the hospital because their friends would bring him bottled Disdain drinking water. Nevertheless, lacking in finances, he had to be discharged a short while later to return to contaminated water.
Later, Mary and her husband were both tested for HIVE, and both tested positive. Mary tried her best to keep the house clean and to take of her young children while her husband was sick, but without adequate clean water, It made It early impossible to keep everything clean. Mary would walk up to three miles a day to find water for her household. Clean, sanitary water was sold in the market but too expensive for her to afford. One Jug of water would only be enough to 2 clean the Bethesda and linen. Sometimes she would walk all day looking for water.
Cleaning her husband would leave her no water for simple chores such as: cooking, and cleaning. A neighbor sympathized with Marry family and gave them a cow so she could milk it, and sell the milk to pay for her sick husband’s drugs. With the intentioned diarrhea and no proper hygiene due to the lack of adequate water, he fell sick again with malaria and typhoid. With low immunity from HIVE, he was unable to improve and died soon after. Being an HIVE-positive widow, she sought help from a health facility. She gained near strength Ana Colane a woman group called Ago.
I Nils group apple Tort a borehole (a very deep hole drilled into the earth’s crust to gain access to clean water) with the MONGO AWAKE ministries, and they were granted the community borehole soon after. Mary proclaimed, “the borehole changed my life, and I am no longer the name, and I have been trained on health, hygiene, and sanitation” (Mary Par. 4). Mary has since started a kitchen garden and has planted various vegetables to sell at the local market to support her family. Fig 1. Village People getting what water they can, most of this water dries up in summer Chief, Zambia March 4th, 2007 wry. Eater. Org Mary is one of the lucky ones. Even after losing her husband she was able to find support and able to support her family while staying healthy with HIVE. Unfortunately, so many die with diseases from the lack of clean water that many people find readily available in their respective countries. As of today, there is inadequate access to clean water for about 1. 1 billion people (Water Facts Par. 6) Waterborne diseases and the absence of sanitary domestic water are one of the leading causes of death worldwide (Water Facts par 4).
For children under the age of five, waterborne diseases are the leading causes of death. At any given time half the world’s beds are filled with people whom are sick with waterborne diseases. According to the Word Bank, eighty-eight percent of all diseases are related to unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene (Water Facts Par. 9). Today there are various organizations and charitable foundations such as: The Glimmer of Hope Foundation, H2O Africa, The Blood Water Mission, and The Earth Expedition.
Many of these organizations and foundations are raising money to build water wells throughout Africa. The Glimmer of Hope Foundation provides clean, accessible water, educational facilities, health care, veterinary clinics, irrigation, micro-loan and emergency relief in crisis situations. Also, H2O Africa is partnering with Glimmer of Hope to raise awareness about this growing epidemic. They’re in the process of releasing the documentary film Running the Sahara, which is highlighting their campaign (H2O Foundation).
The film highlights four ultra- marathoners on their quest to run 4,600 miles across the Sahara Desert, a route that includes some of the most impoverished, grief stricken, and drought-sickened nations, such as Mali, Niger, and Mauritania. They are raising awareness and raising money for wells to be built in various parts of Africa. The Blood Water Mission and The Earth Expedition work hand-in-hand. The Blood Water Mission, established by the band Jars of Clay, is raising awareness and money o build wells and help those that are infected with AIDS in Africa.
They have so far built 340 wells and their goal is to build 1,000 wells. They have helped fund these wells in 11 countries for more than 276,000 people in Africa. Dan Hailstone says, “The choice which is no choice at all, was not to drink the water and die, or drink the water and live, and after a while, die” (Clean Water Par. 7). Dan took a trip to Africa back in 2002. That trip shook him, challenged him, and changed who he was as a person. He is the lead member of Jars of Clay and has been on a mission since 2002 to change he way we look at things, even things as simple as our drinking water.
Fig 2. Ribbon Cutting on a new well. Water Nilsson Charlie Lowell Jars Of Clay January 2007 Dared Wendell is making his way across the United States in the next five months, from California to Georgia. His motto is “live life to the fullest”. He came up with the idea while trying to come up with a way to help those in need in Africa. Dared knew there were many charitable organizations and foundations that were working on several different areas, but also knew he wanted to do something to help those in need in Africa.
With his research, he later partnered with Blood Water Mission to spread the news about the water crisis and the AIDS pandemic. He has talked to churches and schools across the United States to share his passion and hopes that others will get driven about this overwhelming global crisis. Six thousand people die each day because of lack of clean water in Africa (quoted in IRON news Page 2). Dared says, “l want to raise awareness and move people to action when it comes to the water crisis and Aids Pandemic that is hitting Africa by advocating for Blood Water Mission” (Interview). Dared is doing this and more than anyone can imagine.
He is giving a voice to the voiceless in Africa and teaching those who would not otherwise have heard about this growing problem. Everyone needs to look at the whole picture. The average American individual uses 100-176 5 gallons of water per day. The average African family uses five gallons a day. We have to look at different ways to lower our consumption of water. Most of us don’t think about going to the faucet and getting a glass of water or taking a shower in the morning. As a society we need to look at the overwhelming problem and to look at efferent ways that we can contribute and lower our impact globally.