Water stories from around the world
22 March 2021
Millions of people around the world don't have access to water for drinking, washing and farming.
But your support can make an amazing difference to families and communities, and help to end water poverty.
Here are just a few water stories from across the Caritas Church network that show the difference that access to water has made to the lives of our sisters and brothers.
Beauty tells us of the joy she felt when a water pump was installed in her community.
With your support, and matched funding from the UK government, our incredible network of local experts and outreach workers have helped to bring water to to thousands of families in Zimbabwe, and across the globe.
It used to take 50-year-old Ibrahim 24 hours to get a drink of water.
“We would go out to get water at around 2am, and we would get back maybe 24 hours later.”
Ibrahim lives in the Danakil Depression in northern Ethiopia and had no choice but to make the long and difficult journey for water every day.
But thanks to your support, he now has a solar-powered water pump installed near his home. Your donations this Lent will mean that more people can receive this sort of practical help to access water.
Ibrahim remembers the day the pump was installed very well. “It was a day filled with happiness.”
Climate change is affecting access to water in many areas of Uganda, leading to water rationing in some places.
Where installing a water pump can be part of the solution, local outreach workers meet with whole communities to understand their needs and train nominated women and men to help maintain and repair the pump if it breaks down.
Climate change is melting glaciers and making rainfall less predictable in Peru as well.
With your support, communities are using ancestral farming practices in the Andean region - digging of irrigation channels to catch safe water when it rains, and planting indigenous trees and plants that need less water, including native potatoes.
They are also learning modern techniques to monitor the quality and quantity of the water in their water basins, which is used for drinking, raising crops and for livestock.
Extreme weather in Nicaragua is causing droughts, floods and landslides, which can reduce access to safe drinking water resources, and a loss of harvests and livestock.
Olga is one of a group of farmers in northern Nicaragua who are working together as a community to grow food despite these challenges. Your donations helped to fund a solar powered irrigation system, and training in how to use it, so that Olga and her fellow farmers have a more reliable source of water for their crops.
Access to water for handwashing and hygiene is vital in the crowded conditions of the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh.
Volunteers working for Caritas Bangladesh are promoting hygiene in the camps and your donations have also funded repairs to water pumps and clearing pathways to toilets and handwashing facilities.