“The suffering will be no more. My children will no longer have to wake up very early in the morning to fetch water,” the joyful mother says. “The water now is just a few metres from my home. Never again will Carol have to miss school because of water.”
Maureen says she will no longer have to worry about waterborne diseases that saw her often trek to hospital to seek treatment for her family because of diarrhoea and stomach pains.
“I didn’t know we were going to start drinking clean water this year. I am very grateful to World Vision for this gift,” says Maureen, “The water has come as a relief to all of us. We now have time to rest from diseases and carrying head loads. This is what makes me the happiest person in this community,” she explains.
Maureen believes a gift of water brings more blessings that would transform their lives in many ways. “We’ll be able to cultivate gardens because of this water. Garden will not only provide vegetables for consumption but also some income to be able to adequately provide for our families.”s141199-4: Mother Considers Borehole a Christmas Gift for Her Family
Maureen is a mother to six children – three boys and three girls. Carol a World Vision sponsored child is her first born child who assists her doing household chores including fetching water.
Carol Shimpande, 12, is among many children that were faced with the challenges of water in Shimpande community, about 375 km south of Zambia’s capital, Lusaka.
Carol, a sponsored child feels as though she is dreaming now that she drinks clean water thanks to World Vision for drilling a borehole in her village.
Carol says, “We have stopped drinking dirty water from an open well. It is like a dream. I’ll never again miss and report late because of water problems. I used to walk long distance to get the water every day. This is what used to force me to miss school and report late at times,” says Carol.
Carol, a Grade five pupil also appreciates the knowledge she has obtained from community members who were training her and other children in the community about hygiene and sanitation.
“Now I love to see that all household utensils clean nicely arranged on the dish rack or nicely packed in the house. In the past we used to leave the utensils anywhere and dogs would come and eat in them after eating dirty things. We never know this was a source of diseases,” Carol explains.
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Carol equally participated in the community’s role in mobilising upfront materials. “I ferried sand for the borehole. No one forced me to do so; I participated because the borehole is for all of us.”
Dorothy Monde, World Vision Zambia’s Southern Region Manager for Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) says World Vision has sensitised the people of Mbeza Greenfield about hygiene and sanitation both at household and school levels.
“Our hope is that if children miss the household meetings for hygiene and sanitation, they should be able to receive the information at school and become agents of change in their own communities,” Dorothy explains.
“Hygiene and sanitation is being emphasised because we realise that even if people are given access to safe water, diseases remain a burden if they don’t practice hygiene and sanitation at household level,” she adds. “Hygiene and sanitation aims at improving the health of children.”
Mbeza Greenfield Manager, Nathan Chtelela is thankful to the donors who provided the funds that have enabled Violet, Trywell and Carol and other children to have access to safe and clean water.
“Just in the two years we have operated in the Mbeza, we have already reached out to about 5,000 people through water sanitation and hygiene interventions alone. Though the challenge still remains the fact that Mbeza has a population of about 25,000, this is not a small achievement,” Nathan points out.
“We believe that with the continued support and partnership with the donors, we will be able to reach out to the remaining 20,000 number of population,” say Nathan.
Nathan says, “Water is an enabler of human development – where water is, other changes take place. Thank you for supporting the people of Mbeza.”