Sierra Leone is in the midst of a water crisis. Throughout West Africa, Sierra Leone you will find many who are still drinking water from rivers that provide unclean and polluted water. Listen to this Sierra Leonean woman tell her story of water crisis.
“Long ago our river was clean. Today it is dirty and full of sickness. Malaria, cholera and fever. My little Susan almost died from diarrhea. Our family was all effected by the dirty water. But we needed it, we all need water. We knew there was a problem. We saw the problem. But we are a poor village and could do nothing to change it. I was sad and afraid of losing a child. Then, last year, we received a miracle. It was a well! We were given the supplies and also the guidance, but the men of my village built it. They built it for our family. For all the families!”
Now this Sierra Leonean village has clean, healthy water from a well they were able to build. But many more are still in need of clean water. One in eight people worldwide don’t have access to clean water. Share and comment ways you have been giving back in your own community or around the world using the hashtag: #giveback To find ways you can give back visit giveback.lds.org.
When I was young girl, my mother and I would walk to the river to collect water. Every day. We departed with our containers before dawn in the dark. My mother led me along on a narrow path, through the trees and the brush. The river was nearly four miles away, and the walk was unsafe.
Long ago, our river was clean. Today, it is dirty and full of sickness. Malaria, Cholera, and fever. My little Susan almost died from diarrhea. Our family was all affected by the dirty water. But we needed it. We all need water. We knew there was problem. We saw the problem. But we are a poor village, and could do nothing to change it. I was sad and afraid of losing a child.
Then last year, we received a miracle. It was a well. We were given the supplies, and also the guidance, but the men of my village built it. They built it for our family—for all the families. It took many months to dig and build this well. But my husband and brothers worked hard every day.
Now I am happy. I know that we are safe. My daughter and I no longer have to go to the river every day. My children are also safe from the dangers of dirty water. Now that I don’t have to walk so far to get water, I can take better care of my family. My children can go to school. We have a better life. It is a kind of liberation. The well is the center of my village and the future of my family.