A Preventable Tragedy
“No words were needed to understand her pain.” These were my thoughts as I looked at Mercy Juwa sitting under the tree with her four boys. But this family portrait was incomplete because her five-year-old little girl, Elin, was not there. She tragically died two months eariler from diarrhea caused by drinking unclean water gathered from a river.
Sitting in a circle in front of their thatched hut, the father explained how they tried to save her by taking her to two clinics, but the waterborne disease struck fast and she was dead in less than 24 hours.
This is exactly why our group www.IfYouKnew.org is working so hard to bring access to clean water and educate people about these needless deaths.
This family is now full of fear that the other children could also die. They don’t want to drink unsafe water, but have no other options.
As we were leaving, I approached the mother, put my hand on my heart and extended my arm towards her. She knew I was very sorry for her loss and nodded in acknowledgement of my condolence.
If your heart is moved to help, it’s very simple. Please text 2LIFE to 20222 — your $10 donation will provide a child access to clean water for five years.