Nothing to Drink but Wormy Water. No Clean Water Well

In Karamoja, Uganda, water is life. Tokei lives here with her family. Her first task of the day is always the same, finding water. When CBN first went out, there was no clean water well, so she took us to a nearby swamp.

Tokei explained, “We drink the swamp water because there is no better alternative. My whole family is constantly sick with coughing and diarrhoea. We know it is because of the water.” 

For four months out of the year, Tokei went to a swamp to collect water. The water was filthy and shared with cattle, but for the other eight months out of the year, it was even harder.”

Tokei said, “When the swamp is dry, it takes me up to eight hours every day to walk to the hand pump of a shallow well. It leaves me no time to cook or do anything else. Sometimes I see worms in the water, and as soon as we drink it, we become very sick. I cried out to God to save us from this torment.”

Tokei smiling about clean water.

When CBN teamed up with Innovation Africa and drilled four wells in the area, we provided more than ten thousand people with fresh, clean water.

“When the drilling trucks came and struck water, it was the happiest moment of my life.”

“God heard us all crying for help,” said Tokei. “When the drilling trucks came and struck water, it was the happiest moment of my life. We were all jumping and dancing.”

With water so close, Tokei’s days are now very different.

Tokei explained, “I can prepare meals and spend more time with my family. I know this water is clean and safe because from that day until now my children haven’t fallen sick once. Every day, I pray God will increase the blessings of the people who helped us, so they can continue to help others.”

Clean water well filling a bucket

Did you know? CBN is building family and community wells that provide clean, reliable water in needy regions of Africa. Become a CBN Partner and support projects that help people like Tokei.

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