Squealing with laughter, the little boys ducked their heads under the faucets as cold, clean water gushed. The sun felt especially hot that day, and I found myself wanting to duck my head under the faucets as well!
There are 2 water access points now at Kind Hearts care-point in Ethiopia - one in the nearest village that serves 16,000-20,000 people, and one at the care-point for the staff and kids! For the village, a ramshackle neighborhood of tin and mud homes, it means that family members no longer walk 2-3 hours a day to carry water home. (This responsibility usually falls to the young girls of a family - which means they are not in school.) Did you know that a typical yellow jug full of water weighs 40 pounds when full!?!?!
For Kind Hearts, it means easy and convenient access to clean water right at the care-point! That alone can increase attendance, especially among young girls! With 195 kids now attending Kind Hearts, the kids have clean drinking water, clean water for cooking, clean water for hand-washing (which means less illness and better hygiene!) and soon, water for a shower and toilet facility! If you would like to make a donation toward the new classrooms and bathroom facility, please click to this link ... http://donate.hopechest.org/goto/karen
And on especially hot days ... it means the kids can take an extra break for a drink of water and a fun dunk of the head under a refreshing stream of cold water!
During our time at Kind Hearts as we taught in the classrooms with the kids, I noticed a visitor who approached from the direction of the village water-point. He spoke quietly with the staff and then sat in the shade on a bench and watched the "happenings" at the care-point.
As I walked by, the director gestured for me and introduced us. I didn't catch his name - but he grasped both of my hands and spoke in rapid Amharic as a translator explained that he is 98 years old and was born and raised in the neighborhood with the new water-point.
He wanted to sit for a moment in the shade of the care-point to watch a schoolyard full of healthy, clean children learn their school lessons and wanted everyone who had made the well possible to know how much it has changed their lives. So as I promised him I would ... I am relaying to YOU (to everyone who donated funds, helped spread the word, and prayed for this project) how thankful and appreciative the village and the care-point are for the water! IT HAS BEEN A LIFE-CHANGER!!