Clean safe water at last for Busia hospital in Kenya



    TORONTO, July 8 /CNW/ - More than 18,000 patients and staff at Busia
Hospital in Kenya will now have a safe clean water supply due to the
generosity of cbm Canada's supporters.
    Winston Miller, cbm's Overseas Development Director, reported the water
project was funded through cbm's Christmas Catalogue fundraiser. It also
resulted in funding for other water supply projects in the surrounding
communities where cbm has active programs helping the disabled living in
poverty.
    The Busia Hospital water project was totally funded by cbm Canada and is
the main water supply to the hospital. In the past, the regional hospital
depended on rain water and supplies trucked in from unknown sources.
    At a recent ceremony, the completed water works project was officially
commissioned by the Kenya Ministry of Health in trust for the people of Kenya
as a gift from the supporters of cbm Canada.
    When you woke up this morning, did you have any second thoughts about the
source of the water flowing freely out of your taps? Water you use to make
coffee, cook, bathe, clean...and drink. Fresh, safe water is something we take
for granted in Canada. It is colourless, odourless and safe.
    This is not, however, the reality for 1.1 billion people in developing
countries that get up each day not knowing where they will get clean safe
water.
    In these areas of the world, one child is dying every 15 seconds from a
water-related illness and 2.3 billion people are living without basic
sanitation. Water, the most essential ingredient next to air, which the human
body needs to survive, simply does not exist for these people.
    Lack of clean water and sanitation facilities are key factors in keeping
people poor, unhealthy and unable to improve their livelihoods. For disabled
people the impact is far greater.
    cbm is asking Canadians to help provide a better quality of life for
people suffering with disabilities.

    cbm is the leading international organization whose primary purpose is to
improve the quality of life of people with disabilities living in the poorest
countries of the world.

    
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For further information: Lindsay O'Connor, cbm National Media/PR
Manager, 1-800-567-2264 ext 289, loconnor@cbmcanada.org, www.cbmcanada.org

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