Rafiki, 14, is a serious student with a big dream of becoming a doctor. Her village in Tanzania doesn’t have a health clinic.
Rafiki walks more than three miles to school with her sister Amina every day.
“I work hard in school to fulfill my dream of becoming a doctor so that I can build a house for my parents,” Rafiki says.
There are no hospitals in Rafiki’s village. Rose, her mother, takes her family to Hedaru, a neighboring village for medications.
“We really need a hospital in our village,” says Rose. “If a person falls sick at night, we hire a bike and rush them to the hospital 6 miles away,” she says.
Water in their village is a problem, too. Rafiki walks a long way to fetch unsafe water from the river. Sometimes they have to walk several miles to a neighboring village to get water.
“Water is still not safe here,” says Rafiki. Villagers often have stomach pains, diarrhea, and infections caused by the water they drink and use for bathing.
Rafiki wants to see better health in her home place and she’s working for the day when she can provide medical care.
Photo©2016 World Vision, Adda Amos Ngoya