Safe water is a fundamental human need and right everywhere in the world. There is no life without water. Many of us here in Michigan give little thought to water. We take it for granted. We live only miles away from the largest fresh water seas in the world — the Great Lakes — and our local governments usually provide safe and usable water for our everyday needs.
But even close to us, many of our neighbors lack access to safe water: in Flint, lead was allowed into the water by government mismanagement, in Detroit area, our neighbors struggle to keep water service in the face of high prices and overdue bills.
Elsewhere around the planet people of all ages fall ill and die because of contaminated water. The World Health Organization estimates that 1,000 children die every day due to illness causes by drinking contaminated water.
Sisters, Home Visitors of Mary in Nigeria are doing there small part to help. Due to your generous support, the SHVM Formation House property in Gwagwalada is equipped with a deep water well that provides safe water for the sisters. Local families living nearby have always been welcomed into the front yard to gather water from the SHVM well, thus insuring safe water for household use. But they still needed to carry the water long distances back to their homes in heavy buckets.
To make it easier for their neighbors, the Sisters ran a pipe with faucet from their well directly through the nearby wall of the SHVM compound. Now the local families have much easier access to share God’s liquid gift from the SHVM deep water well. And they have much shorter trips to carry the heavy jugs of water back to their homes for their use drinking, cooking, and washing themselves and their children.
This photo taken from a passing car shows a neighbor man filling up water containers at the Sisters, Home Visitors of Mary water faucet.
Other organizations working to improve access to safe water include: Water With Blessings and Children’s Safe Drinking Water.