Bang: Day Two
Yesterday we went back to spend the day at Salepur slum, where Water.org and its local partner, DSK [of which seven employees have been met us for the day; some speak English and can help us translate], have completed several safe water points and hygienic latrines about a year ago. All of our programs here are WaterCredit, meaning that groups called Community-Based Organizations take out small loans together to afford a water connection or a toilet. These groups are then trained on hardware, maintenance, and basic hygiene [washing hands, covering food, cleanliness, etc].
One girl, age 15, talked about walking over two hours each day to collect water, with searing pain in her head and body from carrying it home. Unfortunately, she would often miss school because of it. Mothers spoke of once prevalent cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, and jaundice in their families from the contaminated water they used and drank previously. All spoke of being happy – “kushi kushi” – TODAY, because of their clean water.
These are the stories I had been reading for a year and a half now at Water.org. I’m sure you can imagine how incredible it is to experience it firsthand! To see their faces…smile with them…talk with them…share in all the senses they experience here…. to witness their realities…water’s profound influence on their day to day life [and ours too, really, if we stop to think of it].
It was wild. Here are some of the scenes and stunning people: