Rain came pouring down, with no sign of letting up. The ground would be a slippery, muddy mess. Still, Kylan and his wife, Esmae, needed water to quench their thirst, wash clothes, clean dishes and take baths. So, they gathered their water vessels and headed out. Every day—rain or shine, hot or cold—they had to fetch water from the water hole multiple times. It was a long walk there, and the path became treacherous in rainy seasons.
After they had walked down the slippery hill to the waterhole, the husband and wife worked to fill their vessels with water. When it rained a lot, Esmae placed one container of water on her head and carried another on her hip, while Kylan carried two on a pole across his shoulders. This way they wouldn’t have to make another trip. With their containers full, they headed back up the hill, treading slick ground.
Sometimes they slipped, but they found their footing and continued onward.
Never Able to Get Ahead
This illustration reflects a daily struggle for Kylan and Esmae, rain or shine, and a dilemma many people in Africa and Asia face. Water is not easily accessible, so they must walk great distances to fetch water for some of the family’s most vital needs. World Vision reports, “Every day, women and girls spend 200 million hours walking to collect water for their families.”
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