A Vision Statement Tells What We Hope To Change
Spring of Hope International seeks to bring people of Africa into full knowledge and relationship with Christ. We will do this while working to reduce extreme poverty in Africa among the poorest of the poor, village by village, in partnership with other organizations and individuals, by providing affordable solutions that help people lift themselves out of extreme poverty, and give them a future and a hope.
A Mission Statement Is What Brings
The Vision Statement Into Reality
Spring of Hope International’s Mission is to come alongside Africans
- reach Africa for Christ.
- provide clean drinkable water and proper sanitation.
- make health care services accessible.
- promote education in Africa.
- be a voice for women and orphans.
- 1.1 billion people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water, roughly one-sixth of the world’s population.
- 2.2 million people in developing countries, most of them children, die every year from diseases associated with unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.
- Half of the world’s hospital beds are filled with people suffering from water related illnesses.
- In the past 10 years, diarrhea has killed more children than all the people lost to armed conflict since World War II.
- 50 percent of people on earth lack adequate sanitation.
- African women walk an average of 3.6 miles to collect water.
- Tens of millions of children cannot go to school, as they must fetch water every day. Drop out rates for adolescent girls skyrocket once their period starts due to no provisions for sanitation.
- The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than war claims through guns.
- The average American uses 100 gallons of water per day vs. 5 gallons per day for the average African family.
For Kenyans, their greatest need is clean water—“it is gold”.
Adiedo village is in the semi arid region of western Kenya where water is so scarce it can only be found in a few stagnant, murky ponds, and drying streambeds and ditches. Families trek miles each day to fill their containers with contaminated water. Livestock drink from and urinate in these same ponds. Rotting animal carcasses are found at the water’s edge.
During the dry season, people (usually women) travel on foot as far as necessary to collect water. People spend up to seven hours per day gathering water. This takes time away from education and the pursuit of other productive endeavors. As water dwindles during the dry season, consumption of high-risk contaminated water increases—many times deadly. Waiting lines at developed wells several hundred feet long are common. Hand pumped wells operate 24-hours per day during dry seasons. Some cannot wait long hours at safe sources and resort to other contaminated sources. In the case of David Opap, five of his siblings and his mother died from waterborne diseases due to contaminated water.
Now it’s personal. Someone you know has died.
David is the founder of Spring of Hope International. He grew up in Adiedo. Spring of Hope International is working to solve water problems, starting in Adiedo.
Adiedo’s First Two Wells
In May 2009 drilling commenced on Adiedo’s first well. The well was drilled to a depth of 250 feet and produces water to serve about 1,000 people.
The second well was drilled in September 2010 near Adiedo Primary School. This well was initially left idle due to naturally occurring fluoride levels.
Subsequent water testing revealed both wells have high fluoride levels.
Flouride Solutions in Adiedo Wells
It’s in our toothpaste, we “swish” it at the dentist’s office, and for some communities it’s even added to the water at trace amounts. Fluoride. At the right dose it helps grow healthy bones and teeth. When levels are too high, however, it becomes a problem. Testing has shown that our Adiedo wells have no bacteria problems, but the levels of fluoride are about two times higher than World Health Organization and EPA recommendations.
The effects of fluoride on human health occur slowly over time, and include dental problems and bone/skeleton deformities. The local volcanic bedrock in the area is the fluoride source of naturally occurring fluoride. SOHI’s technical team evaluated low cost treatment methods. The option selected for implementation consisted of bonechar filtration. The low cost option has been implemented and is in operation producing fluoride free water.
Community wide education was conducted to alert the people to the dangers of drinking water with elevated fluoride levels. The first well has been finished as a non-potable water source.
The wells are owned and operated by the Adiedo Water Committee, formed to administer and oversee the well’s operation and maintenance. The Adiedo Water Committee has assumed responsibility and is doing an excellent job in its duties. SOHI’s role now is an advisory role.
The good news, besides saving lives? The Kenyan government is constructing a prestigious regional school in Adiedo—the second well gave impetus for this action. Education is the best way to break the cycle of poverty.
The work is ongoing—not for the faint of heart. We are making a difference. YOU’VE MADE THE DIFFERENCE in Adeido. (Source of Water Facts: http://blueplanetnetwork.org/water/facts)