WATER 
Editorial by Isabel Carter

Welcome to the first edition of Footsteps! Along with the shorter name, we have a new logo on the front page: a diagram of footsteps showing how all of us have to walk, step by step, towards the wholeness and health which God has planned for us – into the light.

The topic of this issue is water. I hope there is something of use, whatever the work you are involved in. Please write in with you comments and suggestions. Do share experiences from your work – whether good or bad. We can all learn from each other.

Because Footsteps is no longer just covering health issues, we have increased the number of pages to twelve. The middle section is designed so that it can be pulled out and used with those who have little English. You may find it useful for teaching.

Our next issue will be looking at the problems of mis-use of medicines and pesticides.

I am very happy to have taken over as Editor and look forward to hearing from many of you.

Please find below articles from Footsteps issue 1.

To download a pdf version of Footsteps issue 1, please click here (PDF 2.9 MB).


  • Community water programmes

    By Richard Franceys. We tend to expect that water schemes to make cleaner water more easily available will be welcomed by all. But all too often they may not work out as planned.  There are many things to consider before introducing changes to water supplies which may have remained little changed for generations. Collecting water may provide many women with a meeting place. In societies where it is the younger women who collect the water, the water hole may even be the main centre for ...

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  • Ferro-cement tank

    Water tanks store rainwater from roofs. Tanks made of ferro-cement are fairly cheap, simple to make and easy to repair.

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  • Growing vegetables when there is little water

    Growing vegetables in dry conditions – in areas of low rainfall or during the dry season – can present problems. Because of this, local production is usually low and the market value is high. Try vegetables such as tomatoes, kale, onions, and suitable local crops. Here are some tips for growing vegetables when water is scarce. The diagrams show all the different stages.

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  • Kisumu Dental Unit

    Primary dental care in Western Kenya Some 20 years ago, a clergyman in Kisumu, Western Kenya, faced a growing problem. Regularly people would come to his door “suffering from teeth”. He was unable to help them but what could he do? Local help was not available so he arranged for two dentists to come from the UK to start the Dental Unit in the Dioceses of Maseno North and South.

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  • Letters

    Congratulations. I congratulate you on behalf of the staff and students of Christian Hosptial, Chandraghona, Bangladesh, for your new assignment as Editor.

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  • Making your water cleaner

    1. The 3 pot system This is a very simple system for providing cleaner water. It will not provide pure water, but some of the diseases will be removed.

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  • On the road with radio rurale

    Following our last issue on ways of communicating, readers were invited to share their last experiences of using radio as a means of communication. Pamela Clifton-Reitmeier writes in from Chad…

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  • Resources

    Egret Readers. A new series of school readers have recently been brought out by Macmillan Publishers. Known as the Egret Readers, they are all concerned with different topics about our environment. They look at such subjects as tree planting, soil erosion, the effects of smoking on health, disabilities, wildlife conservation, diarrhoea and marketing local crafts.

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  • The water programme in Saradidi Rural Health Project

    The Saradidi Rural Health Project is found in Western Kenya, near the shores of Lake Victoria. It was begun almost ten years ago. It has strong links with the 61 villages within the project area, nearly all of which now have their own health worker and an agricultural worker. From the beginning, the community has been fully involved in deciding the priorities of the project.

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  • Water - some of the problems

    The World Health Organisation has estimated that 80% of all sickness and disease in the world is caused through lack of clean water and poor sanitation.

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