Living Water

by Amy MacArthur

Jesus said, “When you have done unto the least of these, you have done unto me.” (Matthew 25:40) In Uganda, there are millions of people without water, dying of dehydration and waterborne illnesses. Here there is never a question of whether or not water will come out of the sink when prompted, even given the recent drought in California. In the last two weeks I have seen how dire the need is half a world away.

In Uganda, people walk anywhere from 2-25 miles to fill their jugs with muddy, contaminated water. The water is shared with animals and algae, to use for everything from washing to drinking. Children, predominantly girls, are kept from school and sent to fetch water in order for families to have enough for the day.

“I always knew there was a water crisis, but until I saw for myself the source which hundreds of people draw from to survive, I had no concept of how bad it was” said Water 4 Kids sponsor and advocate Nicole Ramirez.

One village was called “Kifo”, which translates in English to death, because of the knowledge of diseases in their water source. Every year waterborne disease kills 110,000 people in Uganda, with malaria being the number one killer of Ugandans across the board.

Three months ago, Hope 4 Kids International drilled a borehole (well) for that village and since its opening in March, zero people have died from waterborne illnesses in the village once called death. Hope 4 Kids President and founder Tom Eggum commented on the success.

“It’s about breaking the cycle of poverty, one step at a time. With clean water and education about hygiene, comes freedom. Grateful people! They now have a chance at life.”

The village is to be renamed “maji yaliyo hai” or “living water, water of life” by the eight tribes which use the water source, because it is no longer a place of death. If you want to continue to the conversation or find out more about how you can help provide clean water to Ugandans, check out