In the past year, their family expanded their home to create more space for sleeping and studying. Each sister has improved her position in class, too, in part because the solar-powered lamps World Vision gave them. They are now able to study and do chores at night.
"The lamps came as a relief to us," says their mother. The family can't always afford the kerosene for their lamps, so the solar lamps provide a reliable after-dinner lighting option for the studious sisters.
But the real game changer for the girls’ family was clean water.
They struggled for years with the side effects of drinking unsafe water from the swamp near their home. When they were younger, Neema and Harusi, had to get up early each morning before school to fetch water. They’d venture down a steep hill covered with spiny shrubs to a spongy, stagnant pond.
“The worst part was walking back up the steep hill,” Neema says. “When we drank the water, I sometimes got sick.” One time Neema got so sick at school that her teacher had to rush her to the hospital.
Everything changed in 2011, when World Vision drilled a deep borehole well nearby. With help from the community, it installed a water storage tank and pipeline system that fed clean, fresh water to various water points, including one a few hundred yards from the girls’ house in Makumba village.
Photo© 2015 World Vision, Chris Huber