While we were at the lake, I saw these two boys running and playing together. After they finished, they bent down, and took a drink. I reached for my camera snapped this picture of them nonchalantly drinking from what many Westerners wouldn’t dream of even touching.
The stark contrast displayed by this photo is an incredible and powerful statement about the resilience of human beings and the unforgiving environment in which humanity is placed. Those two boys need water to survive, even if the only source for it is a disease- ridden pool of murky filth. They drink from it every single day without batting an eye, because it is just part of their daily life.
Now, with Hays Pure Water’s Khlor Gen System in place, those children can drink water without fear of waterborne diseases. The single solar powered unit in the village of Eburu is continually providing sterilized water for the 1,750 people in the immediate area. Waterborne illness infection rates have dropped drastically and the community is growing stronger and healthier.
Here in America, we are fortunate to not have to worry about waterborne illness. Because we are lucky enough to have a seemingly endless supply of clean water at our disposal with the turn of a tap, it is easy to forget that somewhere in the world, a child is drinking from a pond just like this one. We use this image as a reminder for both ourselves and the world about why we do what we do. Next time you take a drink of clean water, I hope you stop to reflect on just how lucky you are to have it.
We believe that everyone should be able to take clean water for granted. You can help us make that a reality by simply choosing Hays.