Each year, Covenant camp participants have the opportunity to partner with ministries around the world. This partnership allows international ministries to reach out in the love of Christ into their communities in a variety of ways. The country that is emphasized changes from year to year.
In 2013, Covenant camps will have the opportunity to help provide clean water and access to better sanitation and hygiene in Gemena, located in the Equateur Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).
Having clean water creates a safer, healthier, and more vibrant community for children. According to UNICEF, “about 4,500 children die each day from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation facilities. Countless others suffer from poor health, diminished productivity and missed opportunities for education.” The most vulnerable and likely to die from unsafe water and lack of sanitation are children under the age of five.
This project will provide:
- Water Testing – Each viable water source will be tested to be certain the water is clean and that the source will continue to provide water, even during the dry season.
- Capping of Springs – A ‘spring box’ will be built to capture and contain water, to avoid contamination from agricultural runoff, rain water, and animal or human waste. This is a cost-effective way to provide drinking water to individual homes as well as the entire community.
- Education – Teaching effective sanitation and hygiene is important for the community of Gemena to manage and care for the WASH systems being put into place. Education will ensure the continued health of the water sources and the community.