WASH Programme

Help WASH away the misery of Neglected Tropical Diseases in the world’s poorest places…

“Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham…” – Genesis 26:18

Murray Sheard, cbm NZ’s CEO, recently returned from visiting cbm’s water and sanitation projects in Nigeria, to ensure clean water, and good sanitation and hygiene practices are accessible to communities, including people with disabilities.

cbm’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project (WASH) aims to build on the incredible progress made over many years to combat Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), such as River Blindness and Trachoma. Alongside the successful delivery of parasite-killing medication, which breaks the lifecycle of parasites that cause NTDs, cbm’s WASH project focusses on clean water and good sanitation to prevent NTDs from taking hold again.

Living in New Zealand, most of us are fortunate to have a constant supply of clean water to use for our everyday living. But that’s not the case in many of the world’s poorest places. Around the world there are millions and millions of people who do not have access to clean water.

Good health and clean water go hand in hand. So having access to clean water from well-maintained boreholes, helps free children and adults from contracting NTDs such as River Blindness and Trachoma.

It also means women and children no longer have to spend hours walking to gather muddied and contaminated water.

Clean water helps keep people healthy. And healthy people are more productive, are able to access education, and have a far greater chance of breaking the cycle of poverty and disability.

The major success factor of cbm’s WASH programme is to provide clean water.

Clean water from boreholes is vital to a community, but many existing boreholes have ceased to function for various reasons. They are often found broken and in need of repair due to age. The only place to get water is from an open well or a river where there is great risk of contamination and pollution, and a greater risk of contracting NTDs.

With support from generous people like you, new or refurbished boreholes can provide communities with a centrally located source of clean water. The addition of wheelchair ramps will make the task of gathering water safer and more accessible to people with disabilities.

Please will you prayerfully consider sending a gift today, to help WASH away the misery of NTDs in the world’s poorest places.

cbm’s programme is also providing education to primary schools, including setting up WASH Clubs and installing handwashing stations.

When Murray was in Nigeria, he visited a small community and their school where a WASH Club has been set up. The children were excited to have access to clean drinking water, and to learn about improving their personal sanitation and hygiene practices.

The children happily demonstrated their new hand-washing skills, and showed Murray how to wash his hands using soap and ‘tippy-taps’. These ‘tippy-taps’ were filled with fresh clean water from the refurbished community borehole and constructed from low-cost recycled materials.

Whilst in the area, Murray also spoke with people in the community who were trained by cbm’s partner to repair wells. One of them was Chetachi, who could not walk unaided, and had a friend carry his tools.

“Before there was no clean water and now, this is no longer an issue,” he said, with a beaming smile.

Chetachi is trained by cbm’s partner to maintain borehole pumps, and repair them when broken.

Because of this training, Chetachi, and other people with disabilities, now have jobs and feel valued and included in the community.

Murray spoke with other people in the community who now have access to clean water from their newly refurbished borehole. They spoke of their gratitude to generous people like you.

We are also grateful for kind and generous people like you, who are willing to help people with disabilities in the world’s poorest places.

Whilst this community is now thriving, right now in places like Nigeria, there are many children and adults in desperate need of clean water… but your generous support can help change that.

Please will you help make a lasting difference with your special gift today to help WASH away the misery of NTDs like River Blindness and Trachoma!

Murray has seen first-hand what WASH does for a community. It is life-changing for all, but especially for people with disabilities who often cannot access clean water due to their disability.

Right now there are so many children and adults who cannot access clean water in the world’s poorest places.

Please will you help provide clean water to WASH away the misery of NTDs, like River Blindness and Trachoma.

Your kindness is greatly appreciated, as evidenced in a quote from cbm’s WASH partner. It’s a wonderful testament to the faithful giving of generous supporters like you.

The Director said to Murray: “Many charities want to come in at the end when we are winning the battle against NTDs. But cbm has been there from the start.”

Let’s continue the incredible progress made over many years to combat NTDs.

With your generous support, let’s WASH away the misery of NTDs!

Thank you for your caring heart. May God bless you.