Dorcas is 9 and lives in the Bulanda community in Zambia.
When World Vision first met her, she was gathering water four times each day from a disgusting water hole, in which animals sometimes died. Dorcas was often sick with diarrhea.
But life is turning around for Dorcas! See the change in her life through photos.
This water hole in Zambia was the only source of drinking water for the people of Bulanda. When this photo was taken last summer, two cows had recently fallen in, and the people had discovered dog fur floating in it—when they dug around the bottom with a stick, a dead, decaying dog had risen to the surface.
Here, 9-year-old Dorcas fetches water from the hole, a chore she does four times each day.
The water that Dorcas and the women of her community gathered they would then have to carry back to their homes. For Dorcas, it was up to about half a mile, but she had to walk that distance over and over—at 9, she was too small to carry enough water at one time.
Once back in the community, this dirty water was used for everything: drinking, cleaning, bathing, and washing.
But Bulanda was already working with World Vision toward getting better access to cleaner water: a borehole.
Before a borehole can be drilled, World Vision works with communities to ensure that they are prepared to successfully manage the water source. The community learns about proper sanitation and hygiene, raises money to help pay for the borehole so they will be invested in their future, and put five systems in place to promote sanitation: a tip tap water system for hand washing, a dish rack to keep dishes away from animals, a garbage pit, a bathing shower for privacy, and a latrine.
Here, Dorcas washes her family's dishes with water from the borehole, then lays them out to dry on Bulanda's new dish rack.
And then last fall, when the community had saved enough money and had all five of their sanitation systems in place … we drilled them a borehole! Now Dorcas and the Bulanda community have safe, clean water nearby.
Soon, Dorcas will be healthy again and have the time she would need to go to school instead of gathering water!
Read more about Dorcas, her community, and how they've recently received clean water, and watch a video about her here.
Photos: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision
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