35-year-old Yeshi Ayele, from Ethiopia collects water from a new well built by World Vision. Photo by Feleseta Kassaye, World Vision
Yeshi Ayele, 35, is a mother of six children. She lives in rural Ethiopia. The daily challenge of getting water used to involve a two hour walk to a dirty pond.
“The water was not clean and we shared it with monkeys and other animals. Because of this, we spent most of our money for medical treatment,” explains Yeshi.
If you don’t have a clean river or a community well from which to draw your water, you are doomed to sickness, poverty and very little hope of a better life in Ethiopia.
Consider how often in a day we turn on a tap. It is an automatic action which we take for granted. This one simple and common place facility makes our lives so different from those who do not having running water in their homes or even their villages. It affords us reduced incidents of illness through increased hygiene. It allows us to drink, cook and wash our clothes with comparative ease.
By installing a number of water points in the community, World Vision has been able to increase the
clean water supply from 3 per cent to 60 per cent and waterborne disease incidents have been reduced.
“After World Vision has supplied us with this clean water, we are relieved from diseases,” says 41‐year‐old Zinash. “We can also wash our clothes here instead of going to faraway places. Rather than the eight hour walk of the past, I can finish fetching and washing and return home within 15 minutes.”
Such additional time and physical energy every day, affords people the opportunity to do a whole range of things which could not be contemplated previously. It is a fundamental means of improving human life beyond mere survival. Time saved allows for greater choice: to be educated, to undertake more work to support families, to grow food.
A child’s delighted smile at the magic of water flowing at the turn of a communal tap, dancing in the mud as the water runs, is the gift which keeps on giving.
When we choose to act with gratitude and generosity, World Vision is able to provide facilities to enable others to live better lives.
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