The value of water
Hade Nezif, a 50-year-old mother and grandmother, knows just how crucial access to clean water is for families. She knows because she and her family lived without it for years.
”We got water from the river about an hour away on foot from our village,” says Hade, a mother of seven and grandmother of many including Hayate, a six-year-old girl. “It was a long distance to cover, and even then the water was not pure, but we had no other option.”
Hade Nezif gives a tour of her family home.
Lack of access to clean water takes a big toll on children, compromising their health, welfare, and even their education. When her own children were growing up, Hade says, they each had to take their turn in helping to collect water for the family, a task that often falls to children, especially girls, in rural Ethiopia.
“In the dry season, when there is no rainwater, you must go to the river constantly. A child like Hayate couldn’t go to school”; she says of her young granddaughter who attends grade one at a local elementary school. “Fetching water would be her primary task.”
Pumping clean water from the newly constructed water point near their home.
But today, with the help of your sponsorship, Hade and her family are just one of the many benefiting from a source of clean water. In just 6 months since our last update on the impact of access to clean water in Jimma, one new water point has been constructed, bringing the total to 10 new clean water systems serving 3,500 people. And with three more under construction, thousands more will soon benefit.
“I would like to thank Plan,” says Hade. “Now children are very happy. The water is pure and they do not have to go far any more to find it. Now they can stay in school and spend more time with their families at home and playing with one another.”
Happy to be drinking fresh water!
Through the continued construction and rehabilitation of water points in Jimma, the lives of families, like Hade Nezif’s, are being transformed, and that wouldn’t be possible without you.
Take a moment to meet Nezifa, a grade three student who has lots to say about how your support has changed her life already.
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