Clean water protects villagers from crocodiles, disease, and school dropout
- by Hannah Grant
- March 16, 2021
Lives changed in Mozambique
Thanks to your support for the Waterworks for a Thirsty World campaign (waterworks.org.au), Anglican Aid has funded three new boreholes in the Zambezia Province in Mozambique, improving the living standards of 5000 rural villagers. This year’s Waterworks campaign hopes to change even more lives through installing boreholes in nearby regions.
These community members shared with us how their lives have been radically transformed by the arrival of safe, clean water:
Luísa pumps water from the new borehole in Morrumbala District
“I am Luísa. I am 62 years old and a widow.
“I had five children, but my three daughters have already died. One was caught by a crocodile while trying to collect water from the river, and the others died from cholera. Before the borehole, we would travel long distances to fetch water from the river. In the dry seasons we faced crocodile attacks, and in the rainy seasons we faced waterborne diseases like diarrhoea, dysentery and cholera. But things have changed, because now we can get pure water from the borehole. Today the only people who go to the river are fishermen. This borehole has changed my life. I have time to do other tasks instead of travelling long distances to collect water.”
Carla, wearing a white shirt and standing to the left, is grateful to God for the new borehole.
“I am Carla and I attend the 6th class.
“I’m a believer in the Anglican Church. I thank the Anglican Church for giving us a source of water in our community. Before, I would travel a long distance to the river in search of water. I am the only girl in our family so I help my mother with a lot of household chores. In past years I missed a lot of school because I was very busy with housework, mainly collecting water. I was always tired. Today water is within our community, I am at school on time, and my classes are going well. God heard our lamentations. I’m very thankful.”
Francisco, the Chief Community Leader, opens the community’s new borehole.
“I am Francisco. I am 59 years old and the leader of our community.
“I want to thank the almighty God for all the good that he gives us. I am very glad because we have this water pump. Now instead of spending time travelling to the river, people have more time for productive work in the fields. The water management committee is working well. They raise funds to replace any broken parts, but the borehole has not yet shown any malfunctions. Our whole village is responsible for the conservation of the borehole. Our life has improved a lot compared to previous years. Water is life.”
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