Imagine you belong to an 800-person village community, and the only nearby water source is a dirty stream several miles from your home. A water source so necessary, yet so contaminated that it makes you physically ill to drink.
Now imagine having to decide if it’s more dangerous to take the miles-long journey, often in the rain, only to bring back unhealthy, dirty water – or if it’s more dangerous to go without water at all.
That’s what it has been like for Nakpak, a member of the Bikpajab Church of Christ, and Aleena, her four-year-old daughter, for their whole lives. This was until Water for West Africa, with the help of our partners, constructed a safe drinking well, much closer to the Bikpajab community.
“It was too hard to access the water when it rained due to the long walk,” Nakpak said. “The stream was far, which was risky to the women and young girls of the community late in the afternoon or early in the morning.”