According to the World Health Organization, more than 6,000 children die each day in the world, mostly under the age of 5, from diseases caused by unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation facilities. One group with a strong track record of responding to that need is World Vision, a “Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tacking the causes of poverty and injustice.” Its water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) program seeks to reduce the estimated 884 million people world- wide who lack access to safe water and the 2.5 billion without basic sanitation. The Kenya WASH program seeks to bring improved water supplies to 338,000 people in 12 locations where currently only 25% of the population has access to safe water. As part of the Forward Together campaign, DPC partnered with a community in Kenya to offer the financial resources necessary to drill a borehole well and provide a water pump and pump house for a community water system. After this equipment is installed, World Vision will work to empower the the community to embrace a culture of safe water, teaching them to maintain the pump and water system and to generate the income needed to make repairs when necessary. DPC completed its participation in this project in spring 2014.
To read more about this project, view the most recent Kenya WASH Newsletter.