Water Is Life


A Syrian refugee in Lebanon teaches her children how to wash their hands. Having clean, fresh water easily accessible has changed their lives for the better.  

Here’s how Zeinab, a Syrian refugee, recalls the early days after her family fled Syria for safe haven in Lebanon: “I was pregnant, during my eighth month, and I used to carry heavy containers of water from the water spring, located far away from our settlement.” Her family had no water to drink near their tent, and buying water cost them around $1 per liter, an amount they couldn't afford.

The only solution was a 20-minute walk to the spring to fill gallon containers of water, which they then carried back for the 11-member extended family.

Once during her pregnancy, Zeinab was feeling too tired to walk, but her thirst was overwhelming and Her husband was at work, so she was forced to go herself.

“I went to the spring, finding it empty. I walked to another one far away, finding no water there either. I came back thirsty and with empty hands.”

Most Syrian refugees with limited financial capabilities in the area were relying on that spring, which meant it was sometimes completely drained. Zeinab remembers that “sacrificing bread to get drinking water” was the only solution available to many Syrian refugees during that time.

Since 2013, World Vision’s water, sanitation, and hygiene program has provided Zeinab’s family and other Syrian refugees in Lebanon with access to clean, safe water for drinking, cooking, and washing.


Photo©2015 World Vision, Mona Daoud

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