Can you imagine losing a child or grandchild for a drink of water? That’s what happened to Christine in rural Kenya:
“Every day, we walk for hours to water holes to collect water. They are open and dangerous. My six-year-old son Kiama and his friends walked to the water hole because they were thirsty. Kiama knelt at the edge and leaned down to get a drink – that’s when he fell. Kiama’s friends tried to help, but no one knew how to swim and the stone was slippery. My son couldn’t climb out. The children ran for a mile to get help. I heard my neighbor say, “A child has fallen into the water hole and drowned.” We all ran, but it was too late. The body floating in the water was my son. He was dead.”
The poorest women and children – like Christine and Kiama – pay a terrible price for something we too often take for granted. Water. Today, there are over 663-million people living without access to safe water. People who spend hours walking to and waiting at distant water sources. People coping with illness because the only water they have is contaminated. With your support, we’re working to change this reality for the most vulnerable. Together we can:
Renovate existing water holes to address access and safety
Install hand pumps to make water collection easier and faster
Distribute water purification tablets to fight diarrhea and water-borne illness
Christine asked us to share her story, hoping that something good can come from the tragedy of her son’s death:
“When I see Kiama’s friends growing up, I wonder what he would be like today. I feel guilty because I didn’t save my son, and because he died for a drink of water. Something like this should never happen again.”
During Lent, we’re reminded that an essential element of our faith is a commitment to defend the rights of poor. Mothers like Christine are counting on compassionate people like you.
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Psalm 93 [Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition]
1 The Lord is the God to whom revenge belongeth: the God of revenge hath acted freely.
2 Lift up thyself, thou that judgest the earth: render a reward to the proud.
3 How long shall sinners, O Lord: how long shall sinners glory?
4 Shall they utter, and speak iniquity: shall all speak who work injustice?
5 Thy people, O Lord, they have brought low: and they have afflicted thy inheritance.
6 They have slain the widow and the stranger: and they have murdered the fatherless.
7 And they have said: The Lord shall not see: neither shall the God of Jacob understand.
8 Understand, ye senseless among the people: and, you fools, be wise at last.
9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? or he that formed the eye, doth he not consider?
10 He that chastiseth nations, shall he not rebuke: he that teacheth man knowledge?
11 The Lord knoweth the thoughts of men, that they are vain.
12 Blessed is the man whom thou shalt instruct, O Lord: and shalt teach him out of thy law.
13 That thou mayst give him rest from the evil days: till a pit be dug for the wicked.
14 For the Lord will not cast off his people: neither will he forsake his own inheritance.
15 Until justice be turned into judgment: and they that are near it are all the upright in heart.
16 Who shall rise up for me against the evildoers? or who shall stand with me against the workers of iniquity?
17 Unless the Lord had been my helper, my soul had almost dwelt in hell.
18 If I said: My foot is moved: thy mercy, O Lord, assisted me.
19 According to the multitude of my sorrows in my heart, thy comforts have given joy to my soul.
20 Doth the seat of iniquity stick to thee, who framest labour in commandment?
21 They will hunt after the soul of the just, and will condemn innocent blood.
22 But the Lord is my refuge: and my God the help of my hope.
23 And he will render them their iniquity: and in their malice he will destroy them: the Lord our God will destroy them.