Below are a two videos from Ryan's trip. These were shot in Ugandan communities at local churches. Many of the individuals in the video are members of certified "Healthy Homes". That means that homes and individuals are working with the Lifewater curriculum and certification to become healthier and make a larger community impact.
To be considered a healthy home the family members must be using safe water and storing it safely, using a latrine, washing hands, drying dishes safely, and keeping a clean compound. Communities also commit to being open defecation free. Eventually if every home and individual can make these commitments the result is a healthy village! The final step in the entire picture is Ryan's particular passion...a village having a sustainable source of safe water.
And that's the whole picture!
The result of Healthy Villages includes increased health, decreased communicable diseases and therefore higher employment and education rates. Usually women and children most frequently benefit as they are the ones who spend most of their day gathering water.
When a woman thrives, a village thrives!
We appreciate Lifewater's work because of the community led model. Schools can also become "Healthy Schools" and children go home and teach their families. Little influencers! It's such a big deal to have clean, safe water.
That's why everyone is dancing and celebrating!
But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.