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Sunday, 22 March 2015

No more filthy dirty water in Bondo

Residents of  Siaya county have finally done away with drinking dirty water courtesy of an NGO called The Great Lakes Foundation International which through partnership with an international organisation known as Just One is supplying water filters to groups of widows.
Monica Sewe, a resident of Oele beach in Bondo subcounty says that they have had to battle waterborne diseases including typhoid, cholera, amoeba and diarrhea among others due to lack of access to clean water.
“Despite our proximity to the second largest freshwater lake in the world, the people living along the shores of Lake Victoria still lack access to clean water,” says the foundation’s executive director Bishop Pheobe Onyango 
 She says that due to filthy water drawn from the lake, the residents have had to part with a lot of money in purifying the water and treating water related illness despite the hard economic times.
Christine Ogwela of Pala village and Uhasi village elder Sylvanus Gwei say that waterborne diseases have markedly reduced in the region since they started using water filters.      
Bishop Onyango who is also the director of Salem Ministries Orphanage Home near Oele beach says that through the initiative, so far they have distributed the water filters to over 1,000 households for free in the last four years. She was speaking at her Salem Ministries orphanage home where they donated 75 water filters and challenged Siaya county government to support them so that they can bring more filters.