Saturday, June 27, 2009

Walking for Water

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
The Anglican Church of Canada
www.pwrdf.org
“I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys:
I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.”
— Isaiah 41:18
She walks 19 kilometres to get water because she can’t afford the $1 for
the 20-litre container for sale near her home. The journey takes more
than a day. Her daughters are with her, carrying their dirty clothes to
wash at the water source. They will sleep under a tree because they have
no relatives to stay with along the way. They ate before they left but carry
no food with them. The way home will be harder, as the water container
will be full. She prays for rain so she can collect water in basins and be
spared the journey next time.
The village of Marui, in the coastal region of Tanzania, just over a
two-hour drive from Dar es Salaam, is part of an integrated development
project that PWRDF is supporting through the Diocese of Dar es Salaam.
Marui villagers decided that water was their top priority.
The borehole has been dug and is awaiting the pump, and the water
will flow soon. The water committee has been elected and the pump
technician will soon be trained. Then she will not have to walk anymore.
Tanzania W a ter and women and walking
Voices of Hope

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