Clean Hands


Life has changed for the better for children in a Timor-Leste village now that they have clean, safe water available at home and at school.

Ilda Teresa dos Santos had to wake up early every day to lug home up to four gallons of water before school. With no water source nearby, the 13-year-old was frequently late for classes. And after school, she had to do it all over again.

“I was very tired and often late for school. I’d just wash my face before school as there was no proper water supply at home,” she says.

Life changed when World Vision installed a clean water supply for the community and at Ilda’s school, benefiting over 100 pupils. The teachers and World Vision staff have also encouraged the students to wash their hands before eating and after using the toilet.

“Now I have a water source near my home, so there’s no need to walk for an hour to get water,” the teenager continues. “I can have a bath with lots of water and no longer have to climb up the ravine while carrying water.”

“I can also wash my hands before eating and bathe my sister in the water,” she adds. “And there are four bathrooms and two toilets in my school now, so I’m really happy. I don’t have to use the bushes any more and there’s a place to wash my hands with soap.”


Photo©2015 Amelia Xavier/World Vision

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