Harriet’s Story

Harriet Mulenga, 10, is one of many other children of Buyantanshi who have been facing water challenges for years thanks to World Vision for a new borehole drilled a few months ago.

“I am very happy that you [World Vision] drilled a borehole that is giving me clean water. Since I was born, this is the second time I am drinking clean water. I looked forward to drinking clean water again after the first time I tested water from a borehole,” says Harriet.

“The first time I drank clean water was when we went to Bulambo for church [seminar] this year where many people came. The water at Bulambo tested nice. It was different from the one we used to drink from the hole,” Harriet recalls.

The first sip of clean water that Harriet has ever made was from another borehole in Bulando where it had been a broken borehole until repaired World Vision rehabilitated it in 2012.

Harriet and other children of Kataka village now have a new borehole that was drilled recently by World Vision in the area.

Maureen believes a gift of water brings more blessings that would transform their “I was very happy to drink clean water again from the new borehole. The water tests nice like the one I drank from the first borehole in Bulanda. I don’t drink dirty water anymore from the hole,” Harriet says.

“The water we used to drink had small warms in it. They could be seen in the water. The water was dirty because sometimes we used to find dead rats in there and when the water is fetched after removing the dead rats, the fur would remain in the water. Mum had to sieve it,” Harriet explains.

Living about 90 km from the nearest tarred road and about 1105 km from Lusaka, Harriet says she never thought they would one day have their own borehole in the community to provide clean water for them.

“I didn’t think we would have a borehole here. I thank you [World Vision] very much. I did not like drinking dirty water which a lot of things it,” says Harriet.

Having met her desire to drink clean water, thanks to World Vision, the humble charming girl now beams as though she always had clean water and never suffered from diarrhea and other waterborne diseases.

However though Harriet never walked long distance to fetch water she often suffered from diarrhea and stomach pains which was something she hated.

“I used to fetch water just next to our house where. I never used to walk long distance. I used to feel stomach pains and have diarrhea because of drinking that water. Now I don’t suffer stomach pains and diarrhea. I am alright,” says Harriet.

Harriet is number three in the family of three – 2 girls and one boy, Lewis, who is her twin brother.

The Grade 1 pupil says diarrhea used to force her not to go to school sometimes. “Whenever I missed school, I used to feel bad. I don’t like missing classes.”

“My happiest day was when the machine came to drill that borehole. I was excited. I went there to watch how the borehole was being drilled the entire afternoon. I wanted to see the water come out but I could not. Water came out in the night,” says Harriet.

Harriet assists her mother to fetch water, collect firewood, and sweeping the house and pounding cassava. Her dream is to become a soldier, she says.

“I have also learned about hygiene and sanitation at school. I learned that we should be keeping our utensils clean and keep drinking water inside the house so that no one touches it with dirty hands,” says Harriet.

Harriet Mulenga, 45, is the mother to Harriet. She says she has seen a big difference in drinking clean water from the borehole and from the small hole where they used to fetch their water.

“Now I believe that our survival was truly by God’s grace. The water we used to drink was dirty. We could have died anytime because we couldn’t have avoided that. Often times we were in and out seeking medical assistance at the health centre. One time, Harriet and Lewis almost died after suffering from severe diarrhea. They survived after receiving treatment,” the mother explains.

She adds, “They often used to get admitted in hospital as a result of diarrhea. There was no resting. It is now after World Vision trained me in hygiene, sanitation and how water gets contaminated that I realized that our water was the reason for such diarrhea which almost claimed my children’s lives.”

Harriet says she has established a policy in her home that no one drinks dirty water from the hole that has been their past source of water.

“With the clean water that my children are now drinking, I know that they will live a healthy life; I am so thankful to World Vision for giving us water of life. May God bless you,” she says.

Harriet acknowledges and appreciates other works that World Vision is doing in Buyantanshi Area Development Programme (ADP).

“Actually I thank World Vision not only for the blessing of water but the blessing child sponsorship too. Through sponsorship, we are seeing a lot of development coming to our community in Buyantanshi and especially our village,” she point out.

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“Imagine we had to sieve the water at times when the water used to have a lot of tiny worms floating on the water. We could still drink the water even after fishing out dead lizards, frogs and other small animal that used die in there,” Harriet says.

World Vision drilled the borehole in Harriet’s village in October 2014. The difference between the borehole water and the old water is that the borehole water is clean and one gladly drinks it.

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