Annette wakes up before sunrise each morning. She waits in a long line of women to scrape up dirty water from the bottom of this spring in Lukhonge Village, Uganda. She fills up one or two 20 liter jerry cans that she carries home to her family 30 minutes away. She'll have to repeat this trip at least two more times before the sun sets to meet her family's water needs.
The day starts with a 30 minute walk for water.
Women and children wait in line for up to 3 hours for their turn to get water.
Children often collect water instead of going to school.
The water they drink is dirty, and often makes them sick.
Annette makes this trip up to 3 times each day.
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The water Annette carries home each day makes her family sick. A week before we met her, her son had been in the hospital for the fourth time with dysentery, a deadly but preventable water borne disease. Annette knows the water is making her family sick, but she has no other choice.
She wants to help her children with their homework. She wants to feed them nutritious meals. But collecting dirty water is a full time job and she has little time or money to grow or buy food, and so her children go hungry and get sick.
Like mothers around the world, Annette wants a better life for her children.
Help us bring clean water to Lukhonge Village.