Water Shouldn’t Kill
Water is a basic human need, yet 780 million people around the world lack access to clean water. Frequently, accessible water is contaminated, infecting people with waterborne diseases responsible for 1.5 million deaths a year. Children are the most vulnerable: 90 percent of deaths caused by diarrheal disease are of children under the age of 5.
ADRA has been addressing these issues for 30 years, installing filters that clean contaminated water, digging wells, and installing water pipes where water is available yet inaccessible. ADRA initiatives also educate communities about sanitation and the fatal danger of waterborne diseases.Donate Today
Ly Yang’s Story
My name is Mr. Bousy, I’m 45 years old and from the Oudomxay Province in Laos. I am married with 5 children, working as a farmer. I used to attend primary school, but later on dropped out.
“We live our lives as best we know how, but we don’t know how to live our lives in order to make our lives better.”
One day while I was walking back from the field in the evening, I saw a group of people gathering around in the village. At first, I wondered what was happening; later on I knew that it was about an ADRA Lao Project. Later, I decided to participate in this project because I am very eager to gain knowledge from the project especially in getting to know new and better ways to live so that I can learn how to find food and prepare healthy foods for my family.
I always hope that this project will give my family more happiness—without sickness, have a good community with a clean environment. Our community is so poor. When someone gets sick, it is very difficult to bring them to the hospital because it is far from the village. ADRA gave me a chance to learn how to prepare nutritious food for my family, how to live clean, and to understand the importance of gender equality. ADRA Lao provided us some items in order to keep us healthy. I have received soap, a toilet brush and dish soap and so on as an incentive to participate in the training. At some point, I am hoping to receive a kettle for boiling water to ensure that we drink clean water. I really enjoy being part of this project, because it is very helpful to my family and the community. Through ADRA’s work we are learning live a healthy life and ways to reduce disease. At the same time, I share what I have learned from the project to my neighbors during our village meetings.
My future goal is to live in a healthy community, clean house and environment. I have learned from what ADRA is doing now, ADRA “helps and develops Lao communities.” I’m really thankful to ADRA for the lessons to our communities plus you teach us the ways to live healthy lives and reduce sickness.
At the moment, all my kids are attending school and they all understand how to live a better life, but there are still many communities, villages, and people in Laos that are living under poverty so we continue to solicit your support.
Ly Yang’s Story
Ly Yang’s Story
In the past, villagers depended on nature for survival. There was no connection with outsiders because the road to our village was very difficult.
There was no clean water to use, no latrines, no medicine and no one to help us improve our knowledge about hygiene and health. Our men didn’t know any agricultural techniques. Pregnant women had many labour problems because childbirth was done by themselves without birth attendants. I did not even understand why we needed to go to the hospital.
Now, I believe. I have come to understand that a person needs to overcome these things in life. The things I just mentioned are important.
The ADRA team helped my community with so many things. ADRA did GFS water systems, latrine construction, village level medicine fund, cow fund and growing grasses for livestock. ADRA also gave us training in hygiene, nutrition, reproductive maternal and child health and trained some typical birth attendants (TBA) and village veterinarians!
Nowadays life is better since we have clean water to use, a latrine at home, and information on hygiene and nutrition. My family members are healthy and there are no disease problems.
We eat and live differently now. I am a lot more aware of our condition and I feel happy. Because we are doing better, now our children can go to school and learn to speak the Lao language properly.
Thank you ADRA for coming to our village!
Before ADRA, my family faced so many difficulties and challenges. We did not have enough water for our daily use. Every day we had to walk about 40 minutes back and forth to get water from the small river. My children used to be sick with diarrhea due to contaminated water. Before ADRAs’ involvement we did not know anything about nutrition and sanitation. We also were short on food since we did not have knowledge on agricultural techniques and methods to raise our livestock.
I feel very happy that ADRA has come into our village helping the community and my family make positive changes. ADRA provided the village a clean water system and supplied materials for latrine construction. We also received chicken fund, cow fund and a greenhouse.
My life now has changed a lot. I don’t have to worry about what I am going to eat as long as I am diligently working on my greenhouse. I can have vegetables to eat all year round. This year, I was able to earn about 1,300,000 kip from selling my chicken and, today I also earned about 16,000 kip selling my vegetables.
My lifestyle is changing as I am learning healthy habits from the health education team. I have adopted to drink clean water (boiled) and have a family plan. I can say I have a better life compared to before the ADRA project.
I feel satisfied and proud of my new life. I have more confidence and courage to work and provide more income for my family. Without ADRA, my only hope was to search for food in the forest and this is very difficult. As the natural resources become scarce I would not have had a clue as to where to go searching for food.
This project has helped my family to have good health, a good life and a good income.