Globally, every 90 seconds a child dies from water-borne diseases. You can change that for a child in Kenya by sending vital water purification tablets to a mum like Rufo.
It can be easy to take clean water for granted, but for over 40% of Kenya's population the only option is to drink from swamps, ponds or rivers. The water is often yellow and murky, and like all open water, it is exposed to potentially deadly germs.
Children are especially vulnerable to unsafe water. It can cause cholera, typhoid and even death, but many parents have no choice but to give their children dirty water. However, we know there is a quick and effective solution - water purification tablets.
The gift of safe drinking water may seem small, but it can have massive ripple effects. You'll be helping families to break a vicious cycle. You'll be helping them to grow stronger and healthier so they can return to school or work, and you'll be giving them the opportunity to leave a life of poverty behind.
Twice a day, mum Rufo makes a trip to her local dam to collect water. She knows the water could make her family ill, but what choice does she have?
Kenya suffers from recurring droughts and many families have limited access to water. This means they have to rely on their nearest swamp, pond or puddle for something to drink.
While pregnant with her son Nura, Rufo became so weak from diarrhoea that in the last few weeks of her pregnancy she weighed just seven stone. Nura is now 18-months-old, but because his mother was so malnourished he was born underweight and struggled to grow. This was all caused by Rufo having no other option but to drink dirty water.
Thankfully, a Concern-supported health worker visited the family and gave Rufo water purification tablets. These tablets can kill 99.9% of bacteria, parasites and viruses found in dangerous water, in just half an hour. For mums like Rufo, health workers and water purification tablets are a lifeline.