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Nothing to Drink but Wormy Water

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Melissa Verwey - 700 Club Producer
Dan Reany - 700 Club Producer

In Karamoja, Uganda, water is life. Tokei lives here with her family. Her first task of the day is always the same, finding water. When CBN reporter, Dan Reany, met her, she took him to a nearby swamp.

Tokei explained, “We drink the swamp water, because there is no better alternative. My whole family is constantly sick with coughing and diarrhea. We know it is because of the water.”

Dan said, “For four months out of the year, Tokei would come here to this low swamp and collect water.  As you can see, the water is filthy and shared with cattle, but for the other eight
months out of the year, it was even harder.”

Tokei said, “When the swamp is dry, it takes me up to eight hours every day to walk to the hand pump of a shallow well. It leaves me no time to cook or do anything else.  Sometimes I see worms in the water, and as soon as we drink it, we become very sick. I cried out to God to save us from this torment.”

When CBN teamed up with Innovation Africa and drilled four wells in the area, we provided more than ten thousand people with fresh, clean water.

“God heard us all crying for help” said Tokei. “When the drilling trucks came and struck water, it was the happiest moment of my life.  We were all jumping and dancing.”

With water so close, Tokei's days are now very different.

Tokei explained, “I can prepare meals and spend more time with my family. I know this water is clean and safe, because from that day until now my children haven’t fallen sick once. Every day, I pray God will increase the blessings of the people who helped us, so they can continue to help others.”

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