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Start With One Ripple Effect

Mary's Story

Marys Story

The first ripple starts with the story of Mary Wangechi Muthomi a beneficiary of the Uzima Water Filters. Mary is a vibrant 73-year-old lady who lives in the  Muronyo  area of Lanet Umoja in Nakuru County, Kenya. Mary lives with her husband Samuel Ndungu in their home.   Mary and Samuel were blessed with 16 children, but unfortunately lost 4 to water borne diseases and they have 12 surviving children.
Marys Story

The first ripple starts with the story of Mary Wangechi Muthomi a beneficiary of the Uzima Water Filters. Mary is a vibrant 73-year-old lady who lives in the  Muronyo  area of Lanet Umoja in Nakuru County, Kenya. Mary lives with her husband Samuel Ndungu in their home.   Mary and Samuel were blessed with 16 children, but unfortunately lost 4 to water borne diseases and they have 12 surviving children.
Mary lost her children at the very young ages of 5,4, 4, and 3, caused by intense diarrhea and vomiting caused by water borne diseases in the river water.  
Mary explained how they used to get their water from the river.  In order to get clean water, they had to wake up early before people went to do laundry, take baths or take their cattle to the river to drink water and dirtied it. They had no way of purifying the water, and so they had to consume the water the way it was. This became problematic as it caused sickness in young toddlers, which made parents use a lot of money in doctor visits and treatment of the diseases.
Water borne diseases proves a big problem to Kenyans in rural areas where there is no access to clean safe water. It increases child mortality rates among young children under the age of 5.
 Mary got her first filter from the first major Uzima Water Filter distribution project in the Lanet area. Mary was among the community leaders who worked together with the Uzima team and the local area Chief in ensuring that water filters were distributed to various households in the area. 15,000 water filters were distributed from that major project.
Mary, and the other community leaders were trained on how to use, clean and maintain the water filters by the Uzima Water Filters Team. They were also taught on how to maintain high standards of hygiene in order to reduce the chances of contamination that leads to diseases. These hygiene practices included proper ways of washing their hands before, and after having meals using clean water and soap. They were able to also educate the rest of the community on such. Mary further added that the hygiene practices they were taught came in handy when Covid –19 hit, this is because when people were being educated on how to clean their hands, Mary and the rest of the Uzima Water Filters beneficiaries already had knowledge on how to clean their hands.
She was very excited talking about the filters and the positive impact it has had on her and her family. She praised the team for being able to provide them with filters, and since then she has not lost any other child under her care due to water borne diseases.
Mary Wangechi now owns two stone tanks in her home compound which she uses to collect rain water with. Mary even proceeded to fetch water from the tank, and showed us how to set up the water filter and filtered some water in it.
Mary among others have been the lucky Kenyans to be able to now get access to clean safe drinking water, and not be afraid of losing their young children to water borne diseases. This is enabled by the Uzima water filters.