Upon completion of the Bwola Village well, we received a project report which included accounts from two people who described what life was like before they had access to clean water and how grateful they are for the well funded by the St. Thérèse Foundation. Their descriptions are very typical of how people live without a clean water source.
“My name is Ayaa Ester, and I’m 62 years old. We‘ve had no clean water from our village. The only water is from Lagwel, which is located three kilometers from our village.
The major problem would not be the long distance, but when we get there for water, we are limited to only two water cans per family, which is not enough to sustain our families.
I give thanks to Water Harvest International, and to the Therese Foundation. This well will help us so much and will reduce the stress, struggle, and fighting for water. May the almighty God bless you all and continue to work through you to solve the problems of us." - Ayaa Ester
"I would like to thank God very much for answering our prayers. We really suffered so much for not having clean water which is safe like the one of the borehole. I was born from this village in 1954 and all of my time has been spent from this same village. This village currently has over seventy households with a total population of 600 people both young and old.
During the rainy season, we would get our water from the hand dug open wells, which are not safe. Unfortunately, the wells would dry up during the dry season, forcing us to move longer distances to look for water. Also, it would be overcrowded because of the whole respective village population. People in this village normally spent sleepless nights. They woke up at dawn and move tens of kilometers in search for water and came back late, hence three quarters of the time was spent on searching for water than on other normal domestic responsibilities.
Livestock equally shared the available water points during rainy seasons since most of them are raised on free range system. Worst of all is when they leave their waste into the water point which is dangerous for human health.
Lagwel stream is the only water point that most populations come in all seasons and it is for all uses, (drinking, livestock, farm, swimming and etc.).
As a result of the dirty water source for this community, the village was stormed with different water related diseases. We were facing it hard. Our children, men, and women were always getting sick, giving us a difficult life in this village." - Pastor Anja Mathew