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November 01, 2016
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Water Charity Drills Down to Get to Know Real Needs

Greg Davis/National Geographic Creative

FIXING A HOLE: Well Aware staff and volunteers in Kenya examine an old open well where several children died collecting water. The nonprofit later drilled a well that eliminated the need for young people to climb down into the contaminated one.

When a friend recruited Sarah Evans to raise money to buy livestock for a village in Kenya, she did some research. She learned that unsafe drinking water was to blame for the deaths of residents’ goats and cows — and for other problems in the...

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