The Importance of Water for a Child

On March 22 of each year, the world celebrates World Water Day.

On this day, we, the youth reporters from Kinshasa, went into a village called Kamalengi, in the Bambona district (a rural province in Kinshasa).

During the course of our visit, the thing that stroke us the most in this neighborhood, which is bursting with more than 3,000 residents, was that there are only seven water stations, and only three of which are functioning.

This is only one water station for every 1,000 residents!

To accomplish our mission, we interviewed the people living in this place.

Upon meeting Marie, a resident in the quarter, she told us, “We have had a problem with potable water since 1997. Even now, we do not have the benefit of potable water in the Regideso part of the quarter. Sometimes we have to travel long distances to find water. When we are tired, we use well water to drink, prepare, and wash, despite the different diseases that come in the water. We also have difficulties installing clean and hygienic stations and we don’t have a place where we can put our debris.”

We then met Christelle, an 11 year old, who also lives in the quarter.

“Before going to school, we have to wake up very early in the morning, about 5am, to go collect water to wash.”

I then asked her if this water causes any problems for their health. She responded, “Actually, after washing with this water, I itch and have scabs. After drinking it, I have stomach aches, amoebas, and intestinal worms.”

The environment in this village does not conform to the Convention of children’s rights.

This is why we are asking the government and all their national and international partners to respect Article 24 of the CDE, which stipulates that all children have the right to enjoy the best state of health possible.

By constructing adequate and hygienic water installments and by multiplying the number of stations for potable water in each corner of the country, the Congolese children will live in the best conditions.

In the DRC where the possibility for hydraulic systems is enormous, I read that 30 million people do not have access to potable water.

Without water, we say, there is no life…

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Jonathan is 16 years old and he is a youth reporter Kinshasa. He studied at Saint Joseph College and wants to become a lawyer to defend the children’s rights. His dream? That his country “become a country fit for children, a country that respects the rights of the children and put them at the center of everything.”

Jonathana 16 ans et il est enfant reporter de Kinshasa. Il étudie au collège Saint Joseph et aimerait devenir avocat pour défendre les droits des enfants. Son rêve? Que son pays “devienne un pays digne des enfants, un pays qui respecte les droits de l’enfant et qui les mettent au centre de tout.

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