Digging for Water


In Tanzania, Neseriani digs a water pan for rainwater storage with just a cup and a bucket.

When the dry season comes, stored rainwater close at hand makes all the difference for the success of crops and livestock.

From Neseriani’s village, a 51-person group went to Yatta, Kenya, to learn to dig water pans.

"When I went to Yatta, I learned about farming, especially about growing vegetables," says Neema Peter, 34. "I have two cows. I learned you can keep them in a coop instead of letting them go to pasture. I'm going to grow new vegetables, including green vegetables--cabbage and kale. I'll also grow sweet potatoes and tomatoes."

Neema’s son, Eli Rehema, 6, loves the project.

"Eli Rehema reminds me to dig,” says Neema. “Then he comes out and digs himself! He likes to dig the pan. He is strong. I want the water pan to be deep so it can collect a lot of water.”

Simple techniques like water pans can save lives and crops and help villagers to be self-sufficient.

Photo©2013 World Vision, Jon Warren

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