According to a 2006 report by the United Nations, at any given time half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from a water-related disease.

A 2009 report also states that up to 50% of malnutrition is related to repeated diarrhoea or intestinal nematode infections as a result of unclean water, inadequate sanitation or poor hygiene. This 50% does not even include malnutrition that is a result not having enough water to grow protein rich crops or to raise livestock.

Clean water is one of humanity’s most basic needs, yet millions struggle daily to access clean water sources.

In approximately 5 months, we will be moving to the Mtwara Region of Tanzania, East Africa. In this region, a scarcity of clean drinking water affects life drastically.

Water jugs abound as people crowd into this marshy area to fill up their jugs with water. This spot may be as far as 7 miles from their homes.

 

A woman begins her journey home with collected water.

The hospital below that we visited is very new and well-operated, yet it had no water on its grounds. People are paid to carry water from the nearest source for the doctor’s needs. However, patients have to find someone (a friend or relative) to bring the water they need in order to survive during their time at the hospital.

Local hospital with water needs.

Below is a picture of the cistern in front of a local school. It had been dry for quite some time and the next rainy season was still in the very distant future. School children must bring their own water to school or go home to get water whenever they need some.

Empty cistern at local school.

In light of this need in this area to which we will be moving, our team is assessing how we might be able to partner with locals in the search for solutions to water problems. As a result, last week Caleb and Travis were able to attend a week-long training course in San Angelo, Texas, on low-cost, sustainable well-digging and pump technology. The course was hosted by Water For All International, a group with a great deal of experience digging cheap, efficient wells in the developing world.

Here are some pictures from the course:

Learning to put the drill bit and the pump together.

Using a pulley to manually dig a borehole.

Caleb manually drilling.

Building the pump in a completed hole.

Our well drilling crew for that week. A great group.

To learn more about what Water For All International, please visit their website at: WaterForAllInternational.com.

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