Give the gift of clean water every day

Hawa washes her one-year-old son Roukiatou at home, Nabitenga, Burkina Faso.

Hawa washes her one-year-old son Roukiatou at home, Nabitenga, Burkina Faso.

In the village of Nabitenga, Burkina Faso, Hawa’s nearest source of water is a milky pond filled with insects and small frogs.

 

Four times a day, she walks to this dirty hole in the ground to collect just enough water for her, her seven children, and all her animals too.

 

As if this situation wasn’t desperate enough, in the dry season, even this water source dries up. In these months, she has no choice but to walk to a water pump so far from home the trip can take the best part of a day.

 

“The period I dread most is the hot season. We don’t have enough water for our needs,” she says. The lack of safe water during the dry season affects all aspects of the villagers’ lives. Not just their health but also their livelihoods.

 

People like Hawa and her husband Inoussa are faced with the stark choice of keeping their animals alive or giving water to their children. When their animals die, one of their main sources of income is gone, leaving them less money to buy essential items like medicine. cheap car rental . Many members of the community wish they could grow vegetables to eat and sell, but they don’t have enough water.

Hawa with her family and livestock, and the water containers she must fill every day.

Hawa with her family and livestock, and the water containers she must fill every day.

With your help, we can support remote communities in Burkina Faso to take control of their water – and their future. Your support via payroll giving could help us make sure people like Hawa have enough clean water 365 days a year. Not just to keep themselves and their children healthy but to really prosper.

 

By giving them both safe water close to home, and the expertise to manage their water source during the dry season through careful monitoring, you really can change the lives of people in villages like Nabitenga. To find out more about WaterAid, please visit www.wateraid.org/uk

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