The need for clean water is paramount throughout the DRC, where, according to the UN, less than 55 percent of people have access to clean drinking water. Furthermore, the UN’s estimate of annual death toll in the DRC due to unsafe drinking water is upwards of 2 million. Deaths are attributed to waterborne illness, including cholera, typhoid, and dysentery. Sadly, children are the most likely to die of waterborne illness.
When a dysentery outbreak plagued the city of Kamina a few years ago, The City of Refuge International experienced firsthand the dangers of contaminated water. Many children in the Child Sponsorship Program were gravely ill, requiring emergency medical intervention.
The City of Refuge International is partnering with the Kamina city government to launch a water well project, Live Well. The city has designated publically owned lands for well installation. Thanks to a number of generous donations, a total of seven wells have now been installed. Each well will provide clean water for approximately 700 people, which brings the total number of people with access to clean water to 4,900!
A donation of $1,940 provides for the purchase and installation of a water well in Kamina. The name of your choice will be inscribed on the well’s plaque.