Wells built, lives changed
Statistics show that nearly three-fourths of rural African villagers tasked with fetching water are women and children. The lack of clean water too often poses grave health threats to families. The time spent traveling to and from a distant water source takes away from time that could go towards contributing to a family’s income or children’s education.
When a water project is completed in a village, it has an enormous positive impact. Meet some of the people whose lives have been changed by easy access to clean, safe water.
Namuddu is 14 years old, in Grade six, and a beneficiary of Phase IV of Water to Thrive’s project with PaCT. She is leading the campaign for improved sanitation and hygiene among her peers, as her school’s health club President.
Berhane is a widow and mother to four children. Water to Thrive completed a spring protection well in her community, Boche, in Ethiopia in May of 2020.
Alemtshehay, 50, is a mother of six. Water to Thrive completed a shallow borehole well in her village of Adi Watot in 2012.
Birtukan is a farmer, wife, and mother in the Sidamo district of Ethiopia. Water to Thrive completed a well in her village in 2019.
Hiwot, 16, is a student. Water to Thrive completed a hand-dug well in her village of Ketin Serdi in 2008.
Jacob is a well guard and father in the Baroromo district of Uganda. He lost his wife to a waterborne illness in 2007.
Jacqueline is a village council officer, wife, and mother, in the village of Chapakazi in the Manyara region of Tanzania.
Wahid Abraha is 46. Water to Thrive completed a hand-dug well in her village of Akuweini in 2014.