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Water stories from around the world

22 March 2022

Millions of people around the world don't have access to water for drinking, washing and farming.

But thanks to your support, we can begin to put an end to 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.

Sierra Leone

See your donations in action as the villagers of Waima Ngeiya got water for the first time in 100 years!

The bridge leading to the village had collapsed, so vehicles couldn't get in or out. Your donations allowed the bridge to be rebuilt, allowing drilling trucks to get through.

This celebration at the new, working water pump was the result!


Africa - Ethiopia - Children at water pump

Children collect water from a water pump in northern Ethiopia.

The conflict in northern Ethiopia has now spread beyond Tigray, and telecommunications are down in the region, meaning that we can’t safely communicate with communites in Afar at the moment.

The continued conflict means that we have had to adapt our plans to install a water pump in Abdella’s community. Our expert partners in Ethiopia have repurposed some funds to give practical support families who have had to flee the fighting.

Before the conflict spread, your support had allowed us to use a generous grant from the Isle of Man government to install solar powered pumps in Aba’alla, Afar.

As soon as it is safe to do so, we are committed to extending this work to other Ethiopian communities like Abdella’s who are still struggling to access clean water.

Read more about the obstacles that communities in Ethiopia can face to access water


Beauty tells us of the joy she felt when a water pump was installed in her community.