It costs $16,000 to build a well in the Samburu District of Kenya and provide an entire community with clean, safe, drinking water.

The shocking facts are that in the Samburu district of rural Kenya:

  • The average villager walks 12 miles per day to fetch water (that's approx 6 hours spent every day in the pursuit of water)
  • This is unsafe water. It has not been treated and is often the same water that the animals drink from and defecate in
  • Diarrhoea, from unsafe drinking water, is the leading cause of death among children under the age of 5 in the region
  • Because so much daily time is taken up with the collection of this (unclean) water, there is no time for children to have an education or for women to earn a livelihood
  • There is a high rate of miscarriage and lower back pain among women because of the strains on the body of carrying such a heavy load of water day in, day out.

All this can be changed with the provision of a well for a village, providing a lifetime's supply of clean, accessible, safe, drinking water for 1,000 people.

It costs $16,000 (US) to build the well, which non-profit organisation The Samburu Project will take care of - helping the local economy by using local contractors to do the work. The Samburu Project has a strong record in this region and to date has provided over 50 communities with wells.

If we do the maths, every $16 (US) given provides one person with the gift of clean water for life and all the benefits that go with it: time for learning and working, peace of mind that the water being collected will not cause disease or death, and a reduction in unnecessary miscarriages and musco-skeletal problems.

Can you help 1 or 2 or 10 or 20 people today?

One of my favourite quotes: "He (or she) who saves one life, saves the universe entire."

Thank you for digging deep and for making a difference.

Sam.

PS - A Samburu Project fundraiser said on a recent visit to the wells: “The impact on local communities is immense. Because women and children no longer are burdened with the daily 10+ mile walks they must make to find and haul contaminated water back home, these wells have allowed children to have the time to go to school and get an education. In addition, many vegetable gardens have sprung up around the wells, providing job opportunities for women and healthy food to sustain the communities.”

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