All I Want For Christmas Is… Clean Water

Sanitation in South Sudan Anglican International Development“For this year, surely the Trumpeter Community Health Project has given a Christmas gift of good health for me and family”.

What do you want most this Christmas? A lovely,  fresh bottle of Evian? For Alice and her family in South Sudan it’s up there.

Alice has been married to Julius (pictured right) for 2 years and they have a son who is 8 months old. Alice’s biggest challenge as a new wife and mother is providing clean water for her family to drink.

“I usually fetch water from the Nile river and it’s difficult to tell how to prepare safe water because there are so many theories and we don’t know the correct method.”

Falling sick from unclean water is very dangerous, especially for under 5s. Since July around 3000 people have been affected by cholera a disease spread in water, and at least 44 have died. For families in remote urban towns it can take hours to get to a public health centre, and if sickness strikes at night the health centre will be shut.

“Getting sick here is a nightmare, it’s something I will not wish for any member of my family, because the health centre is in Lologo 1 and sometimes there are no health workers to attend to us and other times there are no drugs.”

The Trumpeter Community Health volunteers work with families such as Alice’s teaching them, amongst other things, how to purify their water so it is suitable for household use. After being visited by the Trumpeters Alice said,

“Now I know how long I need to boil water and the importance of filtering before boiling and how to store clean water for my family.”

 

Besides this, the Trumpeters teach families about hygiene; the need to wash hands after going to the loo and before eating, the importance of using latrines, and also work with new mothers teaching them the value of breastfeeding for 6 months before weaning.

“For this year, surely the Trumpeter Community Health Project has given a Christmas gift of good health for me and family”– Alice.

You too can give the gift of better health and sanitation in South Sudan, by buying one of AID’s Charity Christmas as below.

Christmas Gifts will be available again in the Autumn.