The Search for Safe Water

 One of the unimproved sources of water near Mambolo.

One of the unimproved sources of water near Mambolo.

As we noted in an earlier post, most Sierra Leoneans living in rural areas lack access to improved sources of drinking water. According to the United Nations:

"Due to bad economics or poor infrastructure, every year millions of people, most of them children, die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene."
  Usifu setting up the LifeStraw water purifier.

Usifu setting up the LifeStraw water purifier.

  Smiles from the children with a new source for clean water.

Smiles from the children with a new source for clean water.

With this in mind, Usifu set out to provide what relief he could and brought with him LifeStraw water purifiers which can remove substantially all bacteria, protozoa, and viruses from the water through a fiber filtration system. The filtration system can treat up to 25 liters of water at a time.

For communities such as this, access to clean water does not only mean less risk of water borne illness, but for many children and mothers, it means less time spent collecting water, and more time in school and caring for their families. For those of us living in developed countries, we often take clean water for granted, as having access usually means simply turning on the tap. But for those in places like Mambolo, clean water can be a source of tremendous relief and happiness.

Usifu Bangura