Each Precious Drop


Monica washes her legs with soapy water left over from washing clothes at her home in Kenya.

“I decided to use the water I got this morning [for washing],” she says, “so I’ll have to go right back again to get more water for the day.”

“It takes a whole jerry can [for laundry],” she says, so she can only take the time and water to do laundry once a week.

Monica is always thinking about water. Does she have enough for tea? If she scrubs her clothing will there be water for cooking and to drink for the evening? Has she kept enough for the goats?

Most days, she makes two trips to a distant waterhole to carry water for cooking, drinking, and cleaning.

If she had water nearby she’d grow maize and plant fruit trees, her children would be clean and healthy.

She wouldn’t be exhausted at the end of the day.

6K (3.5 miles) is the average distance women and children in Africa have to walk for water – water that you wouldn’t dare drink.

Photo©2016 World Vision, Jon Warren

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