Frieda’s village in Zambia receives clean waterWorld Vision reaches a new person with clean water every 30 seconds. To fully understand the impact of that statement, you need to get down to the individual villages and families whose lives are transformed by clean water. Here we share a story excerpt from Dr. Greg Allgood, vice president for World Vision water who shares about a community visit in Zambia and what makes them dance with joy!
I’m visiting rural Zambia with our world-class World Vision Water team including Sebastian Kunda, program manager, and Nacula Bwalya, our local village water coordinator. Even though we’re not far from the capital of Lusaka, we are deep in rural Africa and have spent a few hours on dusty and bumpy roads to reach the village that is the focus of our visit.
This is where World Vision teams do their best work. We live and work in communities to build trust, and this leads to communities taking responsibility for the water sources so the water continues to flow long after we’ve moved on to help other villages.
Similar to nine other countries in Africa, World Vision has ramped up provision of clean water in the last three years. In fact, we’re now reaching a new person with clean water every 30 seconds. Last year, we reached 1.3 million people with clean water globally!
In Zambia, this focus on clean water means that we are now providing, on average, clean water to a new village every other day, and reaching hundreds of villages every year. This is the kind of scale that is needed to solve the global water crisis, and I’m extremely excited about our work. But to really understand the impact of reaching one new person with clean water every 30 seconds, you need to get down to the individual villages and families whose lives are transformed by clean water.
So today we’re visiting Frieda Nzala, a mother of four. Until today, she was collecting water from a hand-dug well. She’s excited that World Vision is bringing clean water to her village, and the entire village has turned out to celebrate the new water source. After the speeches, dances, and ribbon cutting, we have some quiet time with Frieda and her family.
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