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I didn’t think it could be different

“Many people say you don’t know what you have until it is gone. I, on the other hand, did not know that what I had was bad.

My name is Madina, I am a wife and a mother.

I have lived in the village of Acia (Amuria District, Eastern Uganda) for three decades and for all this time a swamp was our only source of water.

I thought nothing of the grayish, green water with algae. I really thought that was what water is like!

My three children have always drank this water, eaten food cooked with this water and bathed with this water.

They have had many cases of typhoid, diarrhea and scabies because of this contaminated water.  My husband, Stephen, has paid almost 200,000 Ugandan Shillings each year in hospital bills for our children and this has greatly affected our family income.

However, we are not alone. Every family in this village has the same story. All of my friends would fetch water from the same swamp in the valley 2km from our home, we all had sick children suffering from the same ailments…that is why I didn’t think that it could be any different.

Since Fields of Life came to our village we are all very hopeful.

We hope that our children will be healthier and safer, we hope that we will save time and money and we hope that this clean water will not run out!

On behalf of our community I must thank you for this borehole!

Now that we know what we have, we shall take good care of it so that we don’t have to use swamp water again. May God richly bless you.”

Madina Akiteng is one of the mothers in 96 households in Acia village who will enjoy the clean, safe water from this new water source.