Melvin Can Fetch Water Anytime She Wants!

June, 2024

A year ago, your generous donation helped Ekapwonje Community in Kenya access clean water – creating a life-changing moment for Melvin. Thank you!

Melvin Can Fetch Water Anytime She Wants!

Last year, your gift unlocked the potential for a brighter future for Melvin. Since then, she and the Ekapwonje Community of 210 residents have had clean, reliable water. Your contribution has made a significant impact. Thank you for making a difference!

"Water is life and when you take clean water you will have [a] healthy life," shared Melvin.

Before the Spring's Protection

Like many girls in Kenya, 12-year-old Melvin is responsible for collecting water to meet her daily water needs. Before last year’s water intervention, this task stole her time and negatively affected her.

The spring before it was protected.

Drinking the water caused severe consequences. Many in her community suffered from waterborne diseases that created health problems, affecting their daily lives. Limited accessibility also meant people wasted time collecting sufficient water to meet their needs. The difficult journey to collect water sapped their physical and emotional energy, creating roadblocks. For Melvin, in particular, it lessened her opportunity to prioritize her education as collecting water was such an onerous task.

"Before the completion of the project, it was terrible, the place was muddy and slippery. It was challenging to draw water from the spring," she said.

Since the Spring's Protection

Your generous gift last year was much more than a simple donation; it was a powerful statement about your commitment to this community and Melvin’s future. By supporting the water solution, you made clean water an everyday reality, fostering hope for a brighter future.

Melvin at the protected spring.

Reliable and clean water lays the groundwork for improved health, education, and economic possibilities, allowing people to thrive. We frequently hear from those we interview that "water is life!"

"I am happy because I can fetch water any time I want. Be it during [the] rainy season or dry season the waterpoint is accessible," Melvin exclaimed.

"During [the] weekend I use my time properly after helping my mother with domestic work. I do my homework then I go and play with my friends to refresh my mind," she continued.

The Future is Looking Bright!

A year ago, you made a difference for Melvin and the rest of her community. This is just the first chapter of their story as access to clean water continues to improve their lives!

At The Water Project, we value sustainability and want to ensure that people continue to thrive. We commit to monitoring this project to ensure the water is always flowing and safe to consume. We inspect the system hardware, track water availability, conduct sanitary inspections, and collect water quality samples to identify risks. We work with our team on the ground to resolve them.

You gave Melvin a crucial tool for achieving her dreams: access to clean water. Together, we can excitedly expect that with this precious resource, her enthusiasm and courage will help fulfill her dreams.

"My dreams for my future is to serve the community. I want to be a nurse." - Melvin.


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