In many African, Asian and South American countries the shortage of clean water and the issue of contaminated water become a huge problem. In Ethiopia for example, where water is dangerously scarce, water found in the local pond is most likely contaminated. Parents often have little choice but to bring it home for their thirsty children to drink who need it to survive.
This potentially deadly situation is all-too-common for families in Borena, an impoverished region in southern Ethiopia, where hundreds of thousands of people suffer as a result of water shortages caused by catastrophic drought. Drinking untreated water increases the risk for diarrheal disease that can be deadly – especially for children and adults with immune systems weakened by malnutrition.
To help thousands of families affected by the Horn of Africa drought and famine, Oblate World Missions is working hard through our missionaries to help organize sachets of PURE WATER purification tablets for missions in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. At the height of the emergency, so many of the sachets were organized through our partners and were used as a blessing providing thousands of Ethiopian families with clean, treated water for six months.