Montgomery Man Helps Give Clean Water to Zambia
Jacob Eubanks didn’t intend to start a new career when he took a trip to Zambia in Africa, but that’s what happened.
“I’m not saying that I’m like the best person in the world, but I realized that the person I was wasn’t the person I needed to be,” he says.
After Eubanks saw the condition of the drinking water in Zambia, he wanted to do something to help. So he gave up his career to move to Zambia and start a non-profit organization dedicated to getting Zambian villages clean water.
“The water is as bad as you can imagine,” he says. “If you threw dirt, and leaves and everything, and bees, and cow poop and everything into water and mixed it altogether with a big spoon, that’s what people drink.”
He created the organization Water 282, which would eventually become known as Choose Water. Choose Water travels to the villages and drills wells, teaches the residents how to maintain and fix those wells, and also educates the villagers on proper sanitation and sewage procedure.
It’s not cheap; the cost of one well is around $7,500. But Eubanks says it’s well worth the cost and it helps the community in so many ways.
“There’s no good water source without drilling a well, there’s just not. So $7,500 does seem like a lot, but it covers a lot of things. And for 25 years these people will have access to clean water.
“Childhood education is really low, infant mortality is really high, and that’s a drain on everything, the entire economy of the villages is impacted by this,” he adds.
Eubanks and Choose Water are hoping to raise awareness of Zambia and encourage people to donate on November 14th, a day he’s named “Choose Water Day.” He asks people donate just $25 to the cause, because $25 can give one person water for 25 years.
“Everything in the rural Africa starts with clean water,” he says.
To donate to Choose Water, click here.