Anna Mulambe, mother of eight and grandmother of four, from the Zambian village of Rusangu Hamakamo knows of the devastating impact drinking unsafe water has on her family's health.
“I draw all of my water from here. It takes me an hour to collect it and I come four times a day. I try and collect enough so that I can bathe my children before they go to school each day – I have eight children and four grandchildren.
"This water has really troubled us, it is terrible, awful water – I cannot describe how bad it is. We have had a lot of diarrhea in my household from drinking this. It brings us nothing but trouble. We can’t do anything when we are sick but this water makes us ill and weak all the time and this means that we can’t work or go to school.
"Thankfully no-one in my household has died from drinking this water, but this is just by the grace of God. We know we are very lucky as many children in this village have died from diarrhea."
Anna knows that the way to reduce the burden of sickness is to build a safe water source, as she explained:
"Whatever is required of us women we will do it. We will dig, we will bring stones. We will do anything to get this clean water – anything at all. Life will be different when we get the water, it will be clean and this will mean that we won’t get sick and we’ll be able to do so much more.”
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