Clean Water Flows in Ngolala Junction for the First Time!

06/03/13

Deep in the middle of the dry season in Sierra Leone, a group of elders gathered in a circle. They stood in the heat of the day, the dry dust dispersed through the air from so many shuffling feet, and witnessed one of the most momentous occasions in the short history of their small village.

 
Village elders gather around the new well that partners like you funded for them
                              Village elders gather around the new well that partners like you funded for them.
 
Their village, Ngolala Junction, might be small, but it is fast-growing. Once just one or two homes, over the past five years the village has exploded, attracted by Children of the Nations' (COTN) expanding ministry site, and the school, medical clinic, and church that offer so many services for children.
 
But the village's quick growth also meant there was no time to properly plan its infrastructure. Like many villages in rural Sierra Leone, very few people have latrines. The only water source is a slow-moving stream down the hill from where the village has sprung up.  When tested, this water has been shown to contain E. coli. 
 
The only water source in Ngolala Junction was a shallow, slow-moving stream
          The only water source in Ngolala Junction was a shallow, slow-moving stream at the bottom of the hill.
 
So for children like Alfred, who live in Ngolala Junction, this meant a constant battle with sickness. This meant not being in school nearly as much as he'd like—held back by frequent bouts of diarrhea, parasitic infections, and other common waterborne diseases.  At the COTN school, right in Ngoala Junction, this meant much time was spent trekking back and forth to the Children's Village, where children can draw fresh, safe water
 
Because of the well that people like you funded, Alfred is healthier
Alfred used to battle constantly with waterborne illnesses. Now, because of the well that people like you funded, Alfred is healthier and able to focus on his studies.
 
But because of people like you, all of that changed at one momentous gathering. COTN staff officially invited the village elders to share a new well with COTN—a well that was only possible because of your generous contributions. Now anyone in the community can drink freely from the well any time from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.  In exchange, the community has nominated two men and two women to help keep the well clean and ensure it is properly used and maintained. The well will also be used for water at COTN's school and clinic.
 
A hush fell over the group as two elders walked up to the pump. As water began to flow freely—more abundantly than expected in this dry season—the men and women came up to try it.  
 
Then, the murmuring began. 
 
"It's so cool!" 
 
"It tastes so good!" 
 
Elders pump the well as everyone takes a taste
                                                        Elders pump the well as everyone takes a taste.
 
Used to the dirty, stagnant water at the bottom of the hill, the elders were delighted by the pleasure of fresh, clean, cool water. 
 
Thank you for the long-lasting gift of clean water—a gift that will serve hundreds on a daily basis, helping them stay healthy, in school, and concentrated on their future. 
 
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