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Near dusk, cattle and donkeys gather to drink.
Half of Kenya's population uses contaminated drinking water
Robert says for every dollar spent on clean water systems in Africa, about $8 in health care costs can be avoided. "And when parents lose days working because they have sick children or if they're sick, they lose the ability to earn wages and over there that can lead to starvation."
To make it worse, the lake is highly contaminated because most of the runoff in this hilly region of southern Migori drains here. This is the main water source for about 1,800 people. In periods of drought, people will walk 10 miles or so to fill up huge cans of water and then return home.
"It never goes dry. It is the most reliable place to get water around here. But the water is not clean," says John Overi Samwa, head teacher at Nyamone Primary School, where water from the lake must be used for more than 700 children when the rainwater in the school's single barrel is used up.
A few minutes later, another woman and child come to fill large plastic jugs a few yards away. A while later, a dog runs into the lake for a drink and a swim. Converse Basketball Shoes
MIGORI, Kenya In the warm sunshine of mid morning, a mother gives her mud caked boys a bath in the lake at Nyamone Dam.
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has been on seven medical missions to the Kenya Relief clinic, has seen people in drought starving to death and people sick and dying from drinking dirty water.
uses contaminated water for drinking and cooking. It's common to see people filling their water cans or plastic bottles out of ditches or potholes in the road. Jon Robert, a Hot Springs, Ark., pediatrician who Converse Knit
Some people die before they get to the hospital, says Isaac Ogongya, chairman of the area's community water committee. "Not all people take proper precautions with water. Some people boil it, some don't boil. They just drink."
"Clean water is the primary issue in Kenya," Robert says. "When I'm in the clinic I see so many illnesses that come from the water. Parasites are borne in water and spread everywhere when the water is not treated. Amoebas, liver flukes and bacteria that cause ostemyelitis and Converse High Tops Blue cholera are all present in that unclean water."
Earlier in the day, Samwa sent a student with severe stomach pains and nauseu to the district hospital. He suspects it could be typhoid, which Samwa has been treated for also and believes may have been caused by contaminated water.
"Most recently, we had an outbreak of cholera, so we had a lot of fears that if it strikes hard it could claim most of our community members, children included," Samwa says. The cholera bacterium is transmitted by contaminated water and food.
Cattle, donkeys and dogs also come to the lake to drink water.
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