The Need for Fresh Water
Restoring through safe water, one village at a time.

Prevention of dehydration is one of the primary concerns in remote villages around the world. Women and children often walk around 3-5 kilometers each way to get water. Unfortunately, the water sources they are walking to are almost always contaminated. The sources are usually swampy shores, ponds, or rivers. Oftentimes, this is the same water in which the villagers bathe, wash their dishes, relieve themselves, and share with animals.
People think they are walking for water, when they are really walking for diseases.
(Image on the left shows a typical water source for many villages.)
Environmental and Other Negative Effects
Besides enduring the harsh environmental conditions, and walking long distances in the hot sun for water, other effects pose an equally dangerous effect. Poisonous snakes live in the tall brush along, and sometimes adults will ill intentions wait for vulnerable children. Sometimes they attack or rape them, which can contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS. Most young children do not know how to swim, yet they are responsible to collect water for their families. We frequently hear that many young children drown in these open ponds. All of these dangers compound the problem of retrieving water. Once a woman or child arrives at the water source, they can spend hours in the queue waiting for their turn to collect water. "Jerry cans" are lined up in the same order as the queue, then a small cup is used to fill the can with the water.
Life Saving Impact
Water 4 Kids Will Work in the Areas in Greatest Needs
Water 4 Kids drills wells for the people with the greatest needs, but some areas are very difficult to reach. Many of the villages in which we work are listed in “no go” regions by other organizations or by the local government. These villagers are truly hopeless because no one is willing to drill wells in their area. Villages are oftentimes only accessible by tiny paths and impassible during the rainy seasons. Out of the 830+ sub counties in Uganda, we work in three of the top 10 “no go” areas.
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This was the water source for thousands of people in the village of Bugodo, Uganda, Africa. (top)
75% of All Deaths in Remote Villages are Caused by Lack of Clean Drinking Water.
Malaria is the #1 killer in East Africa – followed by measles, dysentery (caused by dirty water), and diseases related to HIV/AIDS. About 75% of all deaths in remote villages are caused by the lack of clean drinking water. Children die from malaria, due to dehydration, because of high fevers and sweats. What is so regrettable about this is that both diseases are preventable and treatable. We drill wells in villages next to medical clinics in which patients couldn’t take their medicine because they didn’t have any water to wash it down. Unfortunately, these are not unique stories. They are very common in the communities we serve.
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Fetching Water is up to the Girls
Young girls are normally responsible for fetching water in developing countries. So many of them are unable to go to school because their days are spent traveling for water. They are sacrificing their futures to survive the present. When their job is finally done, reaching school and focusing on the day's remaining lessons is nearly impossible.



Water 4 Kids International is a division of Hope 4 Kids International – a faith-based 501(c)(3) non-profit committed
to helping children who are suffering from
extreme poverty and disease. Water 4 Kids is restoring
hope through safe drinking water
 . . . one village at a time.


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