Meet the Kudawaong family.
The Kudawaongs are from Nonglouang Village in Khoun District of Xieng Khouang Province, Laos.
Mr. Sengduan Kudawaong and Mrs. Sengdao Kudawaong are one of the first families to receive an Abundant Water filter system installed for free under our 100 village partnership with Caritas Luxembourg.
Sengduan is a farmer and labourer. Just like many of his neighbours in Nonglouang he just wants a better life for his wife and his kids. Thanks to Abundant Water and Caritas the Kudawaongs now have safe and sustainable access to clean drinking water for them and thier children
Sengduan told our team that he is happy to get a water filter to avoid diseases like diarrhoea.
The recently published SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation noted that:
Inadequate access to clean drinking water is a key contributor to diarrhoeal disease, the second leading cause of death in children under the age of five worldwide. The most severe threat posed by diarrhoea is dehydration, but diarrhoea is also a leading cause of malnutrition.
Poor drinking water, sanitation and hygiene access directly accounts for 882,000 diarrhoeal deaths every year.
Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal disease and can kill within hours if left untreated. It still affects more than 40 countries, resulting in an estimated 2.9 million cases and 95,000 deaths per year worldwide.
Sengduan said his family usually drinks boiled water and so they are thankful that they will not have to boil water to purify it. While they will still collect wood for cooking, they will have to collect less meaning his family will have more resources to spend on securing a better future. The Kudawaong family thanked Abundant Water for coming to Xieng Khaun to provide clean water.
The Kudawaongs are just one family from one village but under our partnership with Caritas we will reach 100 villages and deliver water security to thousands of families just like them.
That means less diarrhoea, less disease and importantly less infant mortality.
We are so proud to be part of an effort that will build a better future for the children of Laos and see them reach their full potential.
Sustainable access to safe drinking water remains a distant hope for millions across the world, but Abundant Water is doing our part to make that hope a reality, one family at a time.