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Voices from the Field: Nardos, Sita, Dawnelle & Kristely

Many of the Warivi families are out of the community attending a funeral in a nearby village. But we are two days into monitoring and have reached 41 of our 48 households. In between household visits we’ve had many opportunities to play with the kids and talk to them about clean water.

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Zeinab, the granddaughter of the Warivi chief and affectionately known as Queen Z, is the leader of the pack.
Zeinab, the granddaughter of the Warivi chief and affectionately known as Queen Z, is the leader of the pack.

Along with the other children of the village, Queen Z accompanies us on our household visits where we check in with the families about the use of their Safe Storage Containers (SSC). We ask about the last time they refilled their SSC, the taste of the water and the business hours of the water center. We ask whether or not they continue to use dug out water, reinforce the benefits of clean water, and inquiry about any problems they might have.

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The women and men of the households share stories from the difference in taste of their teas with the clean water to their vows to only drink clean water–all highlights of our household visits. We say our “M bos” (That’s great!) and our Tipayas (Thank you) and give out a clean water bottle for the household.

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The business ladies are proud of their center and it is always a joy to hear them talk of their sales and share news that people from nearby villages (who are in the process of moving their own water center) are buying clean water from them. They are grateful that they can provide this service to their communities and it shows in their dedication to the water center!

– Kristely, Nardos & Dawnelle

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