Drop by Drop


“This is our only water source. People use it for bathing, washing their clothes, watering their animals and for drinking,” says Shayitu Dabata of her village in Ethiopia.

“Twice a day, every day, I walk an hour each way to fetch this water for my family. It leaves me exhausted—and afraid.

“All of us get sick a lot. When we go to the health center they tell us what we already know: it is coming from the water.

“We spend a lot of money on medicine to get well, and then we have to drink this water and we get sick all over again. Every day I wonder: who will relieve me of the burden of this river?

Worldwide, about every 90 minutes a child under 5 dies as a results of diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and unsafe hygiene practices.

World Vision brings clean water to more people than any other nongovernmental organization.


Photo©2012 Kelley Lynch/World Vision

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