Let’s Provide Them With Water

by / Wednesday, 04 February 2015 / Published in Blog, featured news on homepage

Peter in the village of Makulungo II, in Angola, where Domingos and
her two children, Marvilha and Kuihna have no choice but to drink
this dirty water as it is all that is available.

Every time I am in the field and exposed to the challenges people
face in rural Africa, it has a marked effect on me. I think it is
grossly unfair that so much of the world can just open the tap and
enjoy clean, drinkable water, while such a large percentage of people
walk for miles to get water that is unfit for human consumption.

On a recent trip to Angola, I was strongly reminded of this when I
saw two very cute little children, Marvilha and Kuihna, using the lid
from their mother Domingos’ water container to scoop some water to
drink. This water was horribly green and stinky, yet the children
seemed oblivious of this. I wanted to shout, ‘Stop! Don’t drink that
water. It will make you sick.’ Then I remembered that they have no
option, this is the only water in their area. My next thought was
that they should boil the water to make it safe, but this terrain is
a semi-desert, so there is hardly any material with which to make a
fire.

The tragedy is that, according to the United Nations statistics, more
than 700 million people do not have access to potable water, 37% of
whom live in Sub-Saharan Africa. As I looked at Marvilha and Kuihna,
such meaningless statistics were very far from my heart. My focus was
on them. When we talked to some of the mothers from their village of
Makulungo II, they told us how many of their children get sick from
waterborne diseases and many of them die. In fact, 10 children
recently died from this. One mother said, “Our children are sick so
much of the time because of this water.”

We can help. We can change their lives and save many lives. I know
you don’t live in this remote village in Angola and you have never
met these little girls, but I still believe, that hearing of their
plight, you will have a heart to help them just like I do. It is so
easy to change their situation by providing a well for them to drink
clean, safe water every day. Perhaps either personally or through
your business, you can provide R120 000 to sponsor the drilling of a
borehole, or R80 000 to rehabilitate a damaged borehole here in South
Africa. If not, perhaps you could combine your resources with others
in your network or supply a portion of the funds and join with other
contributors. Just R200 can supply clean water for 2 people.

Please don’t just leave my request. JAM has three drilling rigs and a
courageous team who drill in tough, outlying areas. We need your
participation and help. Let’s work together to change these
children’s situation. I honestly believe it is every person’s right
to have clean, safe drinking water.

In anticipation, thank you for your help.

Peter Pretorius.
Founder : JAM International

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