It was a great honor to talk about my book and the global issue of water insecurity to the most powerful agents for societal change. It was extra special because I got to speak to the school I spent 11 joyous years of my life at. Thank you so much to Dr. Bone for this opportunity and including my book's concepts in the creative commemoration of the school year! I look forward to seeing all the students' stickers on their reusable water bottles!
In a village in the Hhohho region, I heard and saw firsthand the dramatic effects a well can have on a community. I noticed children going to school and people not walking miles to fetch dirty water. One of the community members told me that these effects were not seen before the advent of the well and that following the installation of the well, waterborne disease rates dropped overnight and were, in time, nonexistent. The members even took and showed me the water they used to fetch, and I was appalled by the murkiness of the water. I could not wrap my head around how they even managed to drink that unhygienic water. In addition, they demonstrated the time-consuming task of filling their bucket with dirty water. Below are two videos of my experience that are worthwhile to watch.
Above is a video that demonstrates how the community used to amass water prior to the installation of the well.
Above is a video that shows an individual from the community relishing the clean water he now has.