Ten-year-old Mihret used to walk for hours to Ethiopia’s Yekashe River to get water for her family. She has better health and more time to play and study now that her village has a well.
“I used to travel two hours to get 10 liters (2.6 gallons) of water, and [it] was not enough to do what we want with it,” Mihret says. “Now look — we have adequate water just at our house. Since this water point went operational, I have never been sick of any waterborne disease.”
For years, the water she carried home was contaminated. Mihret still remembers going to the hospital when she got diarrhea, which accounts for 20 percent of deaths among Ethiopian children younger than 5, and as high as 30 percent in rural areas.
“Now, when I see sick people, it reminds me of the pain I had,” she says of her isolated village, 124 miles southwest of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital.
In 2011, World Vision began working in her community and has since constructed 16 new water sources and renovated 22 others, bringing clean water to 28,000 people.
Photo ©2014 Kebede Gizachew/World Vision