Beauty Hamasamu smiles at the story that brought change to her community in southern Zambia.

The people of Bulanda village used to despise their old waterhole because a dog fell in it and died. 

“We couldn’t see the dog but then the fur floated to the surface. The dog fell in deep and got coiled up in some roots. We looked with a stick to unhook the dog. When it came up, it was white, like it had been skinned. It was a terrible time,” says Bazaar Buumba, 57.

But on October 22, 2014, everything changed. On that day the community christened a new borehole.

“We don’t have those diseases anymore,” says Rosina Buumba. “We realized it in a course of a week. We used to feel bubbling in our stomachs. It stopped. Kids stopped complaining.”

“This water is clean,” says one of the village children. “I’ve noticed that whenever I drink this water, I don’t get sick.”

Photo©2015 World Vision, Eugene Lee

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