Clean Water and Sanitation
Clean Water in Kamina
Two wells and three latrines now provide some 7,000 people in Kamina, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with better access to water and sanitation. The wells and latrines were built through a partnership with UMCOR and Union United Methodist Church in Conway, South Carolina.
Kamina's residents, like many throughout DRC, mainly rely upon water from uncovered wells, rivers, and other sources of unclean water, some nearly 10 miles away from their homes. This scarcity of clean water as well as proper latrine facilities cause many waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, typhoid, dysentery, and cholera, which can lead to death in both children and adults.
With $14,200 in funding from Union United Methodist Church, UMCOR constructed two wells and three latrines in these critical areas. The new wells now provide 5,000 people with access to safe drinking water. The latrines were built at two primary schools that had no bathrooms. Now 2,000 children have access to these latrines.
Before handing over the wells and latrines over to the community, UMCOR ensured that a water and sanitation committee was trained and in place to oversee the use and maintenance of these facilities so they will last long into the future.
You can help provide clean water and sanitation to others by giving to UMCOR Advance #3020600.