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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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