Hope Runs Dry

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Amina Mvaya stands at one of her village’s dry tapstands.

Just a few months ago this village in Malawi was close to its dream of having piped access to clean, safe water for everyone. But floods that followed heavy rains early in 2015 have pushed them back to the very beginning of the process.

Many people have gone back to sharing water with animals, says Evison Mvaya, vice chairperson of the Water Users Association in the community. This development has left the community concerned about dangers and diseases they may suffer in the long run.

“We thought our children and women wouldn’t have to walk to the bush and rivers in search of water, but this is what we have to face and live with," Evison says.

“The community has become very poor in terms of infrastructure in just a short period of time. When you look at the school blocks washed away, the bridges, the under-five hospitals, gardens and houses it’s when you really appreciate that life will be tough for the people,” says World Vision’s Wezi Mjathu.

In the whole district, 10 of the eleven water supply systems have been washed away including 150 boreholes. Fifteen primary schools were destroyed.

World Vision has so far assisted flood survivors with food, health care, sanitation, child protection, and education.


Photo©2015 Charles Andrew Kabena/World Vision

 

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