Today, David has something big to celebrate. He and his family—along with nearly 1,500 other people in their community—have clean water to drink, bathe in and cook with. David is now celebrating the fact that, for the rest of his life, he and his wife and children will be free from the many water-borne diseases they once suffered from.
For years, David and his family drank contaminated water from the local creek in Naviundu, DR Congo. For he and his fellow community members, they had no other options, unless they wanted to pay a large fee for water outside the village—a luxury few could afford.
But when the health of his wife and children were at stake, he took matters into his own hands. He spent time trying to persuade the people of his village to take action. But time and time again, he failed to invoke the confidence that would convince them they could make a change in their own lives.
For David, enough was enough. He was tired of seeing his children sick. For that matter, he was tired of seeing the whole community sick.
Each month, two to three children from each household had to stay home from school with dysentery, typhoid fever, stomach pain or skin diseases.
For awhile, David had his wife boil all of their water before using it. But even that was unsustainable. He had to spend 40 percent of his daily salary just on fuel to boil water.
So when an Outreach International field staff member came to his village, he was one of the first to greet him.
From that point forward, there was a new energy in Naviundu. People came together to work as a team and gather resources; and a faucet was installed.
Later, the community tapped into their first water line to create a second faucet—just outside of David’s home.
“My dream has become a reality,” David said. “We have a water faucet in my neighborhood.”
This year, you can help families like David’s, just in time for the holidays. Shop from our Sustainable Gifts Catalog to help us fight the battle for clean water around the world. You’ll find gifts like a Water Bucket Filter or a share of a Water Well.
This holiday season, give the gift of hope to someone in need.