DAY 14 – Bathe today by using only one small bucket of water.

Like most places in the world, access to a reliable source for clean water in Kibera is a luxury. Kibera residents have no running water in their homes. To get water, residents carry empty containers to be filled at a community source or purchase water, both of which are typically quite a distance from their residence. It’s estimated that the price of water in Kibera is typically 8 to 10 times higher than what is paid by residents of middle and high income areas in Nairobi. One 20-liter bucket costs about $0.13. In the home, water is rationed by ensuring only one person uses one bucket or pail of water per person to bathe, which is done mostly at night.  Some of the water is placed in a cup for use in the morning to brush teeth and wash one’s face. When cooking or washing clothes, often neighbors will share water to make good use of this expensive resource. In Kibera, water conservation is done systematically and an impressive part of the daily routine.  Fill up your bucket, take a bucket shower, and enjoy every drop!

Discussion - Day 14

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  1. Posted August 31, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Oh–this was a fun challenge! We started this day at the beach and ended with my middle son building a mud hut in the woods with a friend. The thought of all of us using the same bucket of water and of him getting clean made me cringe. What is great about this challenge though is it really forces you to think about the kids in Kibera. They have more than just mud on their feet! We talked about this and decided that we could do it. We started with the cleanest of us first and ended with Jackson. The proof was all in the color of the water!!

  2. Posted September 30, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    ON monday Night I Bathed with only a bucket of water. NOT what i call a good bath. BUt i felt great because i saved water and i got all cleaned. But i don’t think its something i could do everyday. it hurts my neck trying to bend in a certain way to clean an area i needed cleaned. I feel i understand how it would feel to not have running water everyday for a proper bath. It’s time consuming and not able to have the right temperature you want for a comfortable cleaning.