DAY 17 – Boil all your water today before you drink it, regardless of where it came from.

With limited access and incredibly high costs, water is a precious resource in Kibera. Because water is piped in through flimsy plastic pipes, the lines often break or are tapped illegally, leaving the water open to contamination.  To minimalize the risk and make water safe to drink, it’s recommended that all water be boiled before using. It seems like a reasonable suggestion, until you consider the cost and time involved in such a simple proposition. Heating water over a simple charcoal-fueled stove is both costly and incredibly time consuming. With the time needed to complete household chores and tight budgets, many families can’t afford the time or money needed to boil all the water they use and are willing to risk contamination. Don’t risk it – take the time to boil all the water you use today.

Discussion - Day 17

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  1. Posted September 2, 2011 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Well we decided as a family that boiled water does not taste good!!!

  2. Posted September 26, 2011 at 2:29 am | Permalink

    I cannot imagine having to do this on a daily basis. It is very time consuming and inconvenient although in reality it beats the alternative of getting sick from contaminated water. I honestly forget sometimes how lucky we truly are for having an unlimited access of clean water. It’s hard to believe that people aren’t able to pour a glass whenever they are thirsty. I will not take water for granted again.

  3. Posted October 12, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    Day 16 will not let me comment on the screen so I am posting it on Day 17 challenge :)

    For my Day 16 I got together with my “Power of 26” group and volunteered at the Feed My Starving Children Organization. This challenge was not only enjoyable to complete, but allowed us to be a part of something that would impact another’s life. FMSC provides packaged meals to famine countries, mostly in Africa. The amazing thing is the whole organization is run strictly off of volunteering. Ninety-four percent of the donations that come in pay for the supplies, facilities and shipping costs. The night our group volunteered everyone packed enough meals to feed thirty-three people for a whole year. Knowing we provided so many people a chance at life simply by allowing them a meal was surreal. One thing I got out of this challenge was how fortunate we are to have so many choices in our cuisine. Seeing what simple food sustains a life makes me feel like a glutton. This was a very eye opening experience and I will make it a point to do it more often. By getting my group involved I hope the word can spread about this cause.

  4. Posted October 12, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    This challenge was very time consuming! My kids definitely did not like boiled water. They asked me “Why do we have to drink this boiled water! It tastes nasty!!” Boiled water does not taste the same as bottled water. Bottled water has a nice, refreshing flavor to it and boiled water does not. My family and I are very fortunate to have clean water to drink and so much of it available to us.

  5. Posted April 30, 2012 at 2:56 am | Permalink

    My senior english class is doing the powerof26 challenge and creating presentations describing our experiences. When I decided to do this challenge I thought,”sure this one should be easy…” until I did it. I will say I went into this with the wrong mind-set. I figured I could get away with doing the easy challenges and not really put that much effort into it. I Boiled all my water for the first challenge (and for the record it does not taste good at all) and I realized that I really needed to put my all into this. So I did :) It’s reassureing that we don’t have to boil our water to know that it will be safe to drink, but it makes me want to do more to help those countries that do.