OUR STORIES: JULY 2016
By Adérito Bié, June 2016
"20 Kilometers for a few drops of water"
“Sometimes I took the children with me so they could take a bath. But it’s a long and exhausting journey for them. Often I washed the clothes there as well and let them dry to pick them up the next day,” she says. But Atália’s day did not end after hours of walking to supply her family with water. She is also working on the field to earn some money for her family and do housework. Her children help her wherever and whenever they can. “When my mother fell sick, it was me who had to fetch water, and sometimes there was no time left to go to school," says her 15 year old son Anselmo Samuel Chitsango.
But all of this now lies in the past. A few weeks ago Atália’s and the other villgers’ lives completely changed, when CARE repaired the water source in the village. It had been broken for the past four years. 75 mothers and their families now do not have to spend their entire day walking to supply their children with water anymore.
Also, we now avoid to clogg the water source with tree leaves, and close the source at night so it won’t be vandalized," explains Anita. According to the Administrator of Funhalouro district, Fernando Omar, the government plans to increasingly improve the basic conditions for the population. "So far, 20 holes were rehabilitated and new ones should be constructed. We are working very closely with CARE to make sure that families do not have to walk longer than one kilometer in total to cover their daily water needs”, he emphasized.
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