Water is life, and access to clean and safe drinking water is essential for human survival. However, many communities around the world still lack access to safe drinking water, and the consequences are dire. Women and children, who are usually responsible for fetching water, have to walk long distances, risking their safety and health. The water they collect is often contaminated with harmful substances, causing waterborne diseases.
One such community was the village of Deefow West in Beletweyn District of Hiran Region in Somalia. Most of their drinkable water sources had either dried up or become contaminated with animal waste, causing illnesses such as diarrhea. To get drinkable water, they had to walk long distances to the nearest villages. But all that changed when Penny Appeal USA and the Somali Youth for Peace and Development (SYPD) came together to rehabilitate seven wells in Deefow West village.
Thanks to this project, Nasteho and her family, along with other villagers, can now access safe and drinkable water right in their own community. They no longer have to travel long distances or risk their health by drinking contaminated water. This has not only improved their health and wellbeing but also saved them valuable time and resources that they can use for other important activities, such as education and livelihoods.
The rehabilitation of the wells has also benefitted the village’s animals, which need water for their survival. With access to safe drinking water, the villagers can take better care of their livestock, which is essential for their livelihoods.
Penny Appeal USA initiative in Deefow West village is a testament to the power of giving back, partnership and community-driven development. Their intervention has brought hope and a new life to the villagers. By ensuring access to safe drinking water, they have not only improved the health and wellbeing of the villagers but also empowered them to take control of their own lives and futures.
As we reflect on the importance of water for sustainable development, let us remember there are still countless communities around the world who still lack access to safe drinking water. We can make a difference by supporting organizations that are working tirelessly to bring clean water to those in need.
Let us join hands to ensure that everyone has access to this basic human right – safe and clean drinking water.