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Clean Water Comes to Remote Villages in Kenya

Every day Eunice woke up early with the same worry pressed on her heart — would she find water today for her children?

From her home in a remote village in Kenya, she walked two hours each way to the nearest water source and could only bring home what she was able to carry. Sometimes, during severe droughts, Eunice was forced to walk to the nearest city, which is an entire day’s journey, and purchase a single jerry can of water.

“The body gets wasted. We get home very tired,” Eunice said. “Even if you plan to return the next morning to get water, you won’t make it because your legs will be so painful.”

Water was carefully rationed, with half used for cooking and drinking and half used for her six children to bathe before going to school.

Eunice didn’t have any answers to her never-ending struggle of water scarcity. “I never expected the water situation to change,” she said. “I had to persevere in hardship for my children.”

Water Transforms a Community

Samaritan’s Purse is working in Jesus’ Name to provide water in impoverished communities throughout Kenya. Our teams excavated a water pan, or pond, in Eunice’s village so that she and other women would not have to walk far to get water.

Eunice now has more time at home with her children, more time on her farm, and, because the water pan is near, she can irrigate a small home garden. Eunice also explained that livestock in the village is healthier and living longer because water and vegetation are now more readily available.

“When I heard Samaritan’s Purse was coming, I was so excited,” Eunice said. “They worked hard to see that our water situation improved. We are grateful. They have done so many things that relieved our burden. The entire community is happy.”

We not only provided a closer water source, but also provided household water filters to ensure that the water is clean and safe for drinking, cooking, bathing, and washing clothes. Children in the village are no longer missing school due to waterborne illnesses caused by dirty water.

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For many years, Samaritan’s Purse has been working with thousands of families like Eunice’s across the world to bring clean water and hope in Jesus’ Name. But the problem is still too big. We have to do this together.

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