Cost of Water


Women and children come to a borehole in Angolela, Ethiopia, to fetch clean water.

People in developing countries may not realize the connection between a poor water source and illness.

“We just thought that diseases that kill our children come from God,” says Piarsou Wadaye, chief of Miskine village in Chad. Without better understanding, Miskine residents declined a government offer in the late 1990s to build a water point because they believed the cost was too high. 

When World Vision began working in the area in 2011, staff met with the community and explained why their children fell sick frequently and proposed a water system to combat it. Miskine villagers considered the cost in terms of saving children’s lives and readily agreed, collecting the money within a month.

Photo©2015 World Vision, Jon Warren

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