Meet Grace. Grace seems older than her 62 years. Dysentery has made her very frail. She has no-one to support her, so she makes the hazardous journey to the scoop hole herself every single day.
“I am very old. I can’t walk all this distance to fetch some water. I manage to get two buckets a day, one for bathing, and one for the household chores – and that’s all. Sometimes, if I fail to collect the water, I just take the dirty clothes, and go to the river wash there and then come back home.”
Collecting water is not only tiring, but dangerous too. “The men from the village dig a little deep well, but it is too deep.” The journey is also hazardous. “You cannot go alone”, Grace says. “So we go there in groups, as we know the area, the bush, is dangerous.”
All this, for water that’s dirty and full of parasites.
“I know this water is not safe”, Grace says, “but we have no option. When I was sick with dysentery, my relatives were very good to me. They gave me some money so that I could go and pay for my medication at the hospital.”
“With that diarrhoea I lost a lot of blood. So health wise I am not OK. I am weak.”
This summer, you’ll see how having a latrine at her home and safe water nearby will give Grace a new lease of life.
“I can’t tell you how happy I will be if I can see a borehole in this village. There will be joy!”
Follow Grace’s story over the summer and see how access to clean, safe water and sanitation changes her life forever.
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