Meet Janet. She’s only 39, but because of dirty water, her life has been surrounded by sickness and death. Last year, her son died from cholera when he was just four years old.
“I try to advise the children take care of their surroundings, wash the plates, cover the food and other hygiene practices. But there is still the problem of safe water.”
Recently, another of Janet’s sons was gravely ill with diarrhoea. She thought she would lose him too. She desperately wishes she could give her family clean, safe water to drink.
Collecting water from a muddy field
Janet and her family live a little way outside Bokola village. They cannot escape the sickness and disease devastating the area. Their supply of water comes from the waterlogged paddy fields near her house. She knows drinking it makes them all ill and that she could lose another child, but she has no other option.
“If we had clean water that would change the lives of my children. There would be no more dying of these diseases. I hope the remaining children will be safe and that they will be able to access good clean water.”
Follow Janet’s story this summer and see how safe, clean water means she can look forward to a better life for her and her children.
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