Brunswick County women help build water wells in third world countries

Reported by Casey Roman - email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - We bottle and sell clean drinking water in bulk, but that's not the case in some other parts of the world.

Women in Shallotte are taking action to satisfy the thirst.

We assume that every time we turn the faucet on, drinkable tap water will immediately come out.  Cold, clean, and clear - just like we expect it to be.

In reality, safe drinking water is a scarce resource globally. In other parts of the world, the thirsty will go to any lengths and will even risk their lives to get a drink.

In the small town of Shallotte, there's a campaign building to end the fight for water.

Widow's Mite began with 8 women who had a big idea.  They travel to third world countries, digging fresh water wells.

In impoverished villages, drinking water and waste water combine.

"You can see literally the scum on top of the water and the mothers trying to clean it off as best they can to dip their buckets in," said Lisa Grainger with Widow's Mite.

Before the Widow's Mite, women and children walked miles carrying heavy water jugs on their head.  Their journey was daily and often times deadly.

"The tribal witch doctors were telling the men that were coming to them for a cure for AIDS that if they had sex with a virgin it would cure them," said Grainger.

Men only had to wait along the path, which was the only route to the water, to find their "cure."

A young woman's rape or murder, and the spread of AIDS was common in most villages.

Thanks to the Widow's Mite and the hundreds of wells they've dug, it's not longer a reality.

Water is our lifeline, and this one reaches from a few women to thousands.

"This small group of woman from Brunswick County, we might be small in number but we are mighty!" said Clarice Holden of the Widow's Mite.

To learn more about the Widow's Mite Experience, you can go to their website by clicking here.