Garjan watches groups of people from neighboring villages come on bikes to fill large vessels with water from the main well in his village. Instead of frustration that other people are taking his village’s resources, Garjan sees these people with compassion—and empathy. He wishes they didn’t have to face the same hardships he and his loved ones once faced for years.
An Entire Village Burdened
Garjan has lived in this village for decades, and for most of those years there was no good source of water. During summertime, drought often dried up water sources, and during the rainy season, many sources of water became contaminated. In a place dependent on agriculture and rearing livestock, this threatened people’s health and livelihoods.
The residents faced an uphill battle to get ample clean water for drinking, cooking, bathing, washing clothes and watering their animals. Although there were a few wells in the village, they didn’t produce pure water, and they were far enough away to be inconvenient for many people. The villagers had to either drink impure water or spend precious time in search of clean water. As a result, many people contracted waterborne illnesses, or they became dehydrated because there wasn’t enough clean water to drink.
Garjan’s home wasn’t too far from a well, but it often got crowded. And because it was a pulley-operated well, Garjan often became exhausted drawing buckets of water for his flocks. Worse, it yielded dirty water.
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