Bringing Safe Water to War-Torn Communities in Central African Republic
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 884 million people do not have access to safe water. As a result, more than 1.4 million children die each year from water-borne illnesses, and every 20 seconds a child dies from harmful parasites and bacteria. VisionTrust children, families and staff are among those who are at risk every day from unsafe water.
In a recent report out of Central African Republic, the country leadership shared that in the midst of their post-civil war reality, water is one of their biggest challenges. One of our Local Heroes, Josue, recently battled Typhoid and just this past month, more than 20 children were reported as sick and receiving treatment for parasites. All of these health challenges are related to unsafe water. To combat this challenge, we are working to provide household water filters for more than 500 households made up of the orphaned children we serve and their foster families.
The challenge to bring safe water to our programs is daunting, but thanks to a strong partnership with Sawyer International it is becoming a reality. Sawyer has been working internationally for years and has impacted the lives of many families. Here are a few testimonies to the impact of the household water filters from other Sawyer projects:1
“…we experienced a big difference in our health, no more stomachache and no more doctors…no more cough and sore throat for the whole family!”
“…when we drink the filtered water it’s so refreshing and it takes the cough away and it doesn’t cause headache like well water… they love it so much that they carry their bottle to school.”
“…my kids don’t get sick anymore, no more headache, no more cough for my family… the best drinking water I have ever had.”
We hope you will consider the impact of water upon one family in the Central African Republic and share the needed funds to provide for a filter, a bucket, training and support to ensure that water truly is life giving for the children we serve. For $150 you can ensure that one family does not struggle with ongoing health challenges.
1Testimonials are from real customers, provided to VisionTrust by Sawyer from their current household project.