The source of all their problems
Lydia Sestone, from Mozambique's Zambezia region, has no choice but to collect water from a source she knows will make her children seriously ill.
Lydia's family constantly suffers from diarrhea. She knows that the village's only water source is to blame. She says, "I have no other way of serving my thirst, I have to go to this source even though I know it is not clean."
If I had clean water I
wouldn't take such a long time fetching water from the well and my
family would be healthier.
Lydia pictured with 10-year-old daugther Telma
WaterAid / Eva-Lotta Jansson
"Every two days at least one child suffers from diarrhea. When the
children are sick sometimes I have to take them to the hospital – this
happens every month. It takes three hours to get there. It's very
difficult for a sick child to walk all that way."
Lydia lives in
Diba, in Mozambique's Zambezia region. This small village sits high
above sea level. Breathtaking mountain views give the impression that
to live there would be idyllic. Until you see the only water source – a
shallow body of gray water.
This turbid pool is fed by a
mountain stream which, with a little investment, could flow with cool,
clean water. Spring protection is a simple, sustainable way to bring
safe water to people who need it most; families like Lydia's, whose
lives are being blighted by the water they are forced to drink every
There is hope for the people of Diba. Thanks to WaterAid's
supporters their water worries will soon be a thing of the past. Over
the next year work will begin on a spring protection project that will
ensure a healthier future for Lydia and her family.
"If I had
clean water it would be a good thing for me and my family. I wouldn't
take such a long time fetching water from the well and my family would
Lydia collecting water from the unsafe source.
Credit: WaterAid / Eva-Lotta Jansson
WaterAid always uses water and sanitation technologies that are low cost, appropriate to the local financial and geographical conditions and within the technical capacity of the benefiting community to operate and maintain.
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