Fetching water is such a part of life in Uganda and elsewhere that groups of children and women lugging heavy yellow cans full of water are ever present along the road.
The burden of collecting water falls on everyone, but in a family with the option, it becomes primarily a responsibility of the girls.
As we drove through Masaka, visiting schools we’d be equipping with rainwater harvesting, we came across this particular group of beautiful, vibrant teen girls.
We stopped for a moment to visit with them and take photos. They laughed and teased each other and we joked with them.
Driving on, our Ugandan partners pointed out that these girls could benefit from the tanks we were putting in at the schools nearby and might not have to miss as much school due to their families water needs.
That realization made us so grateful. Because, although Africa itself has captured our hearts, it is the experience of making a personal impact that drives our pursuit of opportunities to expand our reach.
Knowing that our recent projects might help these girls directly – and would definitely help other girls, girls we hadn’t even met yet – made it a little easier for us to keep driving.
Facts on Water
For a family of six, collecting enough water for drinking, cooking and basic hygiene may mean hauling heavy water containers from a distant source for an average of three hours a day. Women and girls are mainly responsible for fetching the water that their families need for drinking, bathing, cooking and other household uses. (Source: WHO/UNICEF)