New Water Station’s Grand Opening Celebration

Recently, we had the pleasure of viewing joyous scenes of villagers from Danganzi, Lou, and Neganzi in the Kalalé District of Benin as they used their new water stations for the first time.  This was indeed a cause for community celebration.  The women and girls who came to collect water will no longer have to walk great distances, only to find dirty, contaminated water. 

One of them, Loukou, said this:  “We used to get stream water with all kinds of solid materials and germs, but we had no choice.  Now, with the new pump system, we do not have to use that dirty water.  We all come to fetch fresh clean water at the pump.  We now know that we are protected from cholera.  In the past, we have had outbreaks of cholera in our area.  Even people from surrounding villages come here to see our new magical water system.  Everyone agrees that the new water is tastier than the river water.  The price of water is very affordable.”  Here is a brief video that shows the reaction to the new water stations:

 

SELF is raising funds to bring another water station to a community in Benin.  Please click here to support that project.

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