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Water for All

Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

The single most important element in the struggle for survival is WATER. CWS is helping in Africa. You can be part of this great work.

If you wanted to meet the women of Kwabenzi village in Kenya last year, you had to get there early. Their 11-hour journey to get water for their households used to begin at 3 a.m.

They were up in the pre-dawn light to begin the three-hour walk to the nearest water source. Once they arrived, they waited several hours for their turn to fill colorful plastic water jugs. Burdened with the weight of the water, their walk home took even longer. By the time they got back to their huts at 2 p.m., these wives, mothers, daughters and grandmothers were exhausted and hungry.

Collecting water now takes 15 minutes

Today, the women of Kwabenzi are still collecting water, but they don’t have to leave their own village. They draw the precious liquid of life from a sand dam CWS helped them build. See how the dam revitalized Kwabenzi in the video below:

CWS is a member of the ACT Alliance and is consistently rated highly as an efficient organization.