Cholera Outbreak in Kenya

Last month, a man named James sent us an email. It was unlike any email we’d ever received. It was honest. It was informative. It was a cry for help.

James lives in Homa Bay County, Kenya. Kenya clearly isn’t known for its clean water. In fact, their practices are extremely unhygienic and dangerous. Look at these photos he sent to illustrate: 

The right photo shows an Open Water Pan. This water, used for domestic purposes, is also open to animals. And humans sometimes sneak in for a bath during the night. However, it is sometimes still the safest water. But right now, there’s a draught and the pan has completely dried up. So even this slightly better alternative isn’t an option.

The left photo is of women sourcing water from running drains. Diarrhea, Malaria, Typhoid Fever, Skin Diseases and urinary tract infections are very common ailments due to poor quality water like this. Some families will boil the water before use, while others won’t be able to.

To make matters worse, there was a cholera outbreak last month. By mid February, it had sickened over 80 individuals and killed 6 others. Cholera is a water born disease that has the power to easily wipe out a population. We knew we needed to get James a water purification system – and fast.

The only thing that stood in the way was the funds. How would we get him the system? It costs $365 for each unit. We began to ask around. Soon enough, our prayers were answered. A Girl Scouts troop, who had already adopted Hays Pure Water as their charity and “Give Back Badge,” raised the funds necessary to get one of our units to Kenya as fast as possible.

Because of an email from a man speaking out on behalf of nearly 2,000 people, and a group of generous and motivated young ladies, lives are being saved. We cannot thank everyone enough for the part they played in this chain of events.

It’s stories like this that make us continue to work hard to bring clean water to those in need. It isn’t just something to drink or wash your clothes with. Clean water is a necessity that can change a life.