Living Water


A new well brought water, irrigation, and new life to this child’s community in Afghanistan’s Chaharbaq valley.

More than 50 families farm in the valley. But rainfall was scarce and seasonal and the soil depleted. Farmers in Chaharbaq cultivated only wheat and melon in spring and summer seasons, and in winter and fall they went to town to search for day labor jobs. It was a hard life that tore families apart.

World Vision water engineers thought they could do something to help. After 34 days at work, their drilling paid off; they reached water. To everyone’s surprise, Chaharbaq valley’s was no ordinary well; it was a “living,” overflowing well.   

The well not only provides water for irrigation, and therefore more income, but it also makes work easier for families, especially children, as they don’t have to walk a long distance to collect  water for cooking, washing, and drinking. To maintain and protect the well, the project team trained locals to monitor water management and catchment systems including irrigation and to advise on infrastructure needs and repair.

World Vision’s support to these families hasn’t finished. A solar water pump system is to be installed to push the water at a higher speed so that more farmers and lands benefit.

Photo©2015 World Vision, Narges,Ghafary

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