Posted by: Lisa | February 19, 2012

Clean Water

One thing that is radically different here in Chipata, the town we just moved to a few months ago, compared to Kitwe, the two we moved from, is the water. Kitwe is in the Copperbelt of Zambia, a very industrialized mining area that, due to being a third world country, doesn’t take all the precautionary measures that are probably recommended! We could tell this in many ways, but one was the water. For example- when my mom came to visit after Joey was born, she did water balloons with the girls. Miracle of miracles, some survived until the second day. In the morning, there was a good 1/4 inch of deposit in the bottom of the balloons! The thought that many people drink that water just made us shudder. No wonder we’d often hear of people “paining in their stomach”!

But. All that was Kitwe. Chipata is a farming town. There is little here to taint the water. Which certainly makes me feel better about Joey when he bends over in the tub and starts guzzling! 🙂 But, be it old habits or precautionary nature- we still buy our drinking water. There are some Muslims on the edge of town that sell it by the 20 liter containerful, and Damon goes there a couple times a week to replenish our supply.

Being the good dad that he is, he often takes one of the kids (or all of us!) with him for a little Daddy Time. The other day, he decided to take Joey. Joey is desperate to begin walking, so he was giddy with the joy of being up on two feet like the “big people” in the house!

Walkin’ out the door with Daddy.

And so our two men were off to get us some clean water! 🙂



  1. How cute, carrying the water jug almost as big as him!! 🙂

  2. Wow..the little things we take for granted! I don’t even have to think about whether or not my water is clean.

    Joey is sooo cute helping with the water!!! What a little man. 🙂

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