I had an incredible opportunity to travel to Kenya this summer for three weeks through the global organization ME to WE. While visiting, we were able to immerse ourselves into the community and learn about the culture and life in rural Kenya.
During our first week of travelling, the 'mama's' educated us on the water crisis in Kenya and we had the amazing but tiring opportunity to go on a water walk. These mama's will walk up to 3-5 hours to collect water every day - often involving multiple trips. The murky and brown water they collect is unsanitary and filled with bacteria which can lead to diseases like cholera, hepatitis A and typhoid.
The organization WE has done so much for the rural communities in Kenya and around the world. We were so happy to see the water towers and wells they have built. Yet still more than 260 million people do not have access to clean water and have to collect contaminated water in this manner. The time dedicated to collecting water everyday often prevents them from obtaining an education or earning a livelihood. With the help of donations, families are able to send their children to school, watch their crops flourish and improve their health.
Every $25 donated will give a person in Kenya water for life!