Water Brigade


Girls and boys from Chepoyotwo Village in West Pokot, Kenya, stand with the containers they take to fetch water.

On school days, they walk more than 6K (3.5 miles), carrying water from the waterhole to use at school and returning to fetch water to carry home.

They are careful to carry a lid for their jerry cans and often a piece of plastic wrap or a plastic bag to make sure they don’t lose any of the precious water.

On weekends and holidays, they may go to dig for water twice a day. Traditionally, girls carry water and boys watch livestock, but in these families, boys carry water, too. 

It’s hot, tiring, and dusty work, and they are often sick from the water they drink. 

Photo©2016 World Vision, Jon Warren

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