When I travel abroad I am wary about drinking the local tap-water. If I am in the least bit worried, I buy bottled water. At home I very rarely do that; Danish water is safe.
What would I do, if I were to travel to DR Congo? I would buy bottled water. A Congolese friend told me, that even in the capital, Kinshasa, the water is not safe.
According to an article by Rebecca Shore '' For the privileged Congolese, they have the ability to buy imported bottled water, but at a very steep price. One liter bottle of water costs about $1, which is extremely cheap to Americans, but for many Congolese who make less than $2 a day, it is an impossible luxury. As a result, those who do not have money do not have access to clean water.''
What do the citizens of Kalima do?
According to Etienne Katchelewa bottled water is not even on sale in the local shops – there is no market for it, because it is too expensive. Miners, who are employed by Sakima a company in Kalima earn between 200 – 250 $ a month – about 8 $ a day, would never dream of splashing out on impossible luxuries.
So far my 'one man band' appeal has been a relative flop! Read all about it in my blog entries in April this year. My aim is to collect 4000 euros before the 1st September, so far there are 209 euros in the kitty.
In the next four months many of us are going to travel abroad and will spend money on bottled water – just to be on the safe side. A half liter bottle of water will cost about 1 euro. If 3800 travelers donate the equivalent of one bottle of water before the 1st September, I will be able to send a donation of 4000 euros to Peasant Solidarity in Kalima.
1. PayPal: If you wish to use this option, please send me a mail informing me, how much you would like to donate. firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Danes can send money to Danske Bank 0274-4594628225. Please include label 'water for Kalima'
|This bottle cost me 1 euro. If 3800 people send me 1 euro, my campaign will succeed.|