Pumped Up

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Caroline Mweetwa, 18, pumps water while 4-year-old Munsanje gets a drink of clean water from her community's borehole in Zambia.

Women and girls are responsible for collecting water in 71 percent of households in sub-Saharan Africa. To complete this chore, Caroline used to walk miles to a dirty pond, often missing classes. Now that her community has ready access to a clean water supply, she has more time in school and her grades have improved.

In Twachiyanda, a region in southern Zambia, water is precious. In fact they have a saying that it’s okay for a few kernels of corn to fall to the ground, but not even one drop of water.

World Vision first began drilling wells there in 2005. It took four attempts to before water was reached for the community of Mweebo. The fourth time, a group of World Vision staff and community members decided to pray at the drilling site.

Community hygiene promoter Memory Handenda remembers Southern African Regional WASH Director Emmanual Opong saying that if the water was locked down, then God would unlock it.

Pray with us for families in Africa who need clean water.

“Lord, just as You have given Caroline in Twachiyanda more time in class and to study, allow other girls to access clean water close to home. Bring health and wholeness to communities through your living water.”

Photo©2013 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision

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