Living Without Clean Water.
Extreme poverty is soluble.

The first level of need is the prevention of dehydration. Villagers, mainly women and children, walk at least 6 to 10 kilometers to get water everyday. In the dry seasons, they can trek further distances of up to 10km each way to a dirty pond. Unfortunately, the water that they are walking to is contaminated. The water sources could be swampy shores, ponds, or rivers. Oftentimes, this is the same water in which the villagers bathe, wash their dishes, go to the bathroom, or share with animals..
"People think they are walking for water, when they are really walking for disease"

The water sources villagers use are swampy shores, contaminated ponds, livestock points, small streams, or collapsed wells.

Environmental and other effects.
Besides enduring the negative environmental effects of walking long distances in the hot sun for water, other effects pose a more dangerous effect. Poisonous snakes live in the tall brush and sometimes men hide in the bushes waiting for young children to attack or rape. This compounds the problem of retrieving water. Once a woman or child arrives at the water source, they can spend hours in the “queue” just waiting for their turn to collect water. Jerry cans are lined up in order of whose turn it is, and then a small cup is used to fill the can with the water. Sometimes when the women return to their village, they are abused by their husbands because it took them such a long time to get the water.
Life Saving Impact
Children fetching water in Sigalame, Kenya
Water 4 Kids works in the areas that have the greatest needs
Water 4 Kids works to get help for the people in the greatest need, which can be very difficult because of their location. Many of the villages we are responding to are listed in “no-go” areas by other organizations or by the local government. These villagers do not even have hope because no one is willing to drill deepwater wells in their area. They are mostly located in hard to reach villages, oftentimes only accessible by tiny goat paths that are impassible during the rainy seasons. Out of the 830+ sub counties in Uganda, we work in three of the top 10 “no-go” areas. View the Areas We Serve »
This was the water source for thousands of people
in the village of Bugodo, Uganda, Africa. (top)
75% of all deaths in remote villages are caused by lack of clean drinking water.
The number one killer in East Africa is malaria, followed by measles, dysentery (caused by dirty water) and diseases related to HIV/AIDS. Children die from malaria due to dehydration because of high fevers and sweats. Many lethal diseases and conditions in remote villages are easily curable by Western medicine. It is not necessary for these people to die for lack of clean water.
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Fetching water is up to the girls.
Girls are normally responsible for fetching water. So many of them are unable to go to school to receive an education because of their responsibilities. If they are able to go, they spend hours in the morning collecting water. By the time they reach school, they are exhausted and unable to focus to learn the days lessons.