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For many people in many countries across the world, the hours spent collecting water mean there is little time or energy left to do anything else. People are too tired to work or learn, as their daily goal is simply to collect the vital water needed for the family.

In recent years, changes in climate have resulted in many traditional community water sources drying up. Elsewhere. existing water points have become contaminated. So, the journey to collect water can now take longer than ever.

Meet Abdella

Man sitting on water cannister

Abdella pauses on his long, hot journey for water

23-year-old Abdella lives in one of the hottest, driest places on earth, Afar in northern Ethiopia. Here temperatures regularly reach 40 degrees Celsius and above.  Here, 7 in 10 children have no access to safe drinking water and many communities rely on shallow pools of disease and parasite-infested water which dry up during the frequent droughts which now plague the region.

Sometimes Abdella has to undertake his 4-mile journey to collect water several times a day. Starting from a dried-up riverbed, it is an uphill climb over huge rocks and up a cliffside to the water point. Whilst he is an experienced climber and very agile, there are still places where a slip would be disastrous.

How you can help

Like Abdella, 50-year-old Abdellah has also lived through the acute water shortage for which the region is prone. However, his community now has access to a solar powered community water pump about a kilometre from his home. 

Abdul Ibrahim Abdellah, 50, stands looking at the camera.

Abdul Ibrahim Abdellah, 50, and his community have access to a solar water pump.

When the water pump was installed, everyone was so happy…..Now we have water near, we are able to work. We can get on with our lives.


People across the world are missing the opportunity of education or learning new skills to better support themselves because of the time taken in the daily trek to collect water. With your help we can do so much more.                    

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