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David Albert - Board Chairman, Friendly Water For the World
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"I NOW CONDUCT MY LIFE LIKE A NORMAL PERSON!"

Mwenge is a 58-year-old widow living in the Mugunga Refugee Camp, south of the city of Goma in DRC-Congo. There are more 90,000 refugees living there, escaping from the ongoing war, with incomes averaging below 50 cents a day. This extreme poverty coupled with lack of any opportunity at all forces many women, even married ones, to resort to prostitution to feed their families, which, in turn, increases the number of people living with HIV.
Report from the Kahororo, Congo project - Two years in background

Report from the Kahororo, Congo project - Two years in background

In May 2013, Friendly Water for the World received a grant of $3,200 from the Washington State Environmental Health Association. We approached Friendly Water’s DRC-Congo Representative Eliphaz Bashilwango to choose a village or community for a clean water intervention. We asked him specifically to make sure that his choice had a high probability of success, as it was to be our first project in the Congo.
Kasaana People Living With HIV

Kasaana People Living With HIV

In western Uganda, Friendly Water for the World has been working with an entire community pf people living with HIV. Last year, there were 59 families impacted by HIV. People were very sick, and many had given up their occupations. Kids were taken out of school to walk up to 5.5 Km each day, twice day, to fetch dirty water for their sick parents.
THIS is What Success Looks Like – NOTHING HAPPENS

THIS is What Success Looks Like – NOTHING HAPPENS

Sometimes those of us here in North America watching the progress of Friendly Water for the World projects can only sense what it must feel like among the people in the field doing our collective work. And of course preventing disease in the communities in which we work is different than it is here. Here, the work of disease prevention is often close to invisible – when it is successful, nothing happens! Which is one of the reasons why public health often has such difficulty justifying its work, and justifying the funding that needs to go into it on a regular basis
We Stopped Cholera Press Release

We Stopped Cholera Press Release

Olympia, Washington-Based Clean Water Group Eliminates Cholera in 26 Orphanages in the Congo. When Michael’s brother in the Leve Moi orphanage died after writhing in pain for three days, Michael was too sick to cry. And now it was happening to his best friend. Ten others had died in the previous month. All the kids were in shock, and the orphanage staff as well. All the children had died in the orphanage itself; there was no money for a hospital, little for medication, and they couldn’t even afford coffins. Every child was traumatized. All anyone could think of was whether he or she would be next.

Popular Posts

  • A report on our We Stopped Cholera kickoff Celebration Posted 2 years ago
    On Friday evening, some 300 people turned out to see Clay Jenkinson as Meriwether Lewis. (and Seaman the Newfie!) In addition to a fabulous performance (we will have him back!), Clay indicated he wants to support Friendly Water for the World even more, noting that we are "a global expression ...
  • Kasaana People Living With HIV Posted 2 years ago
     Kids were taken out of school to walk up to 5.5 kilometers each day, twice a day, to fetch dirty water for their sick parents. Research has shown that, with consistent access to clean water, the life expectancy of a person living with HIV can be extended from 5-8 years. ...
  • We Stopped Cholera Press Release Posted 2 years ago
      In Goma, a city of a million people in eastern Congo-DRC, with 600,000 refugees ringing the city, there is not a drop of clean water. Since January 2015, there have been more than 100,000 documented cases of cholera, with over 2,000 deaths. Overall, in the past three years, there ...
  • THIS is What Success Looks Like – NOTHING HAPPENS Posted 2 years ago
    There – when “nothing happens”, it is often a revelation. While surrounding communities are experiencing disease and even death, when “nothing happens” in the community because of a health intervention, there is much rejoicing. There is even more rejoicing, and a feeling of great pride, when not only are ...
  • Report from the Kahororo, Congo project - Two years in background Posted last year
    He chose the village of Kahororo, in a low-lying area halfway between Uvira, Congo, and Bujumbura, Burundi. It is a Batwa/Pygmy village – really a reservation. The Batwa/Pygmy people are a highly oppressed minority, rather like American Indians, making up less than 1% of the total population, who were ...
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  • "I NOW CONDUCT MY LIFE LIKE A NORMAL PERSON!" Posted last year
    A combination of malnutrition, lack of health care access, and, above all, lack of access to clean water, means that the camp is full of orphans, while at the same time mortality rates among children under five is extremely high. In late 2014, Friendly Water for the World Medical Officer ...
  • Report from the Kahororo, Congo project - Two years in background Posted last year
    He chose the village of Kahororo, in a low-lying area halfway between Uvira, Congo, and Bujumbura, Burundi. It is a Batwa/Pygmy village – really a reservation. The Batwa/Pygmy people are a highly oppressed minority, rather like American Indians, making up less than 1% of the total population, who were ...
  • Kasaana People Living With HIV Posted 2 years ago
     Kids were taken out of school to walk up to 5.5 kilometers each day, twice a day, to fetch dirty water for their sick parents. Research has shown that, with consistent access to clean water, the life expectancy of a person living with HIV can be extended from 5-8 years. ...
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