Quest 4: Water brings change

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We often take water for granted in our daily lives. Imagine what your life would be like without enough water that was safe to use. It would be very different. Water brings change. Some changes are immediately obvious and others happen slowly over time.

Health

Health

Safe water brings a dramatic improvement to health, especially for young children. They stop suffering from diseases caused by drinking or bathing in unsafe water. There’s also more water for washing regularly improving hygiene. People don’t get sick as often so they’re able to work harder. Food crops improve when there’s a good supply of water, providing better nutrition to keep healthy.

 

 

 

 

 

Education

Education

Instead of spending hours carrying water every day children have enough time to go to school. They’re less tired and can concentrate better on their studies and homework. Attending regularly improves their learning and they’re more likely to do well and continue onto high school. With an education their future job opportunities expand.

 

 

Time

Time

Usually it’s women and girls who have the daily chore of getting their family’s water. A safe supply within an easy distance from home means they have more time for other things. Traditional roles begin to change as girls gain equal access to education and women gain skills to earn an income. Their contribution is valued so they participate more in community decisions and everyone benefits.

 

 

 

 

 

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Income

Healthier animals and bigger crops provide a surplus that can be sold for income. Increased family incomes means there’s more trading at markets and new businesses are more successful. Families start saving and have extra they can contribute to community activities and infrastructure such as health clinics, school facilities, training, roads, and transport.

 

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Technology

With improved technology it’s much quicker and easier to access water, saving time and energy for other activities. The water is protected from contamination providing a sustainable safe supply. People learn skills to maintain the technology which can lead to new ideas and opportunities. Access to technology helps leaders develop these opportunities and plan changes that will benefit their community.

 

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See the changes that water brings in a village: Community News