If your home doesn’t have fresh, drinkable accessible water you are in trouble. Most of us just go to the kitchen and turn the tap. We take it for granted. It’s that easy. But what if you don’t have that water running from the tap in your house.
Aslam is from a poor Muslim family living near one of our Child Development Centres. They did not have clean drinking water for many years which led to children and women often getting sick from drinking polluted water. There was a hand pump but it was only shallow and didn’t reach down the 122 meters needed to the clean water. Aslam and his village needed a bore well to provide safe drinking water.
My name is Aslam*. I am 9 years old. My father left us 3 years before. We do not know where he is. I live with my mother, sister and two younger brothers. My mother works when she can as a housemaid. We live in a rented room. I never went to school but now joined this new school
I am so happy today. Every day I had to go with my brother to the next village, 3 kilometres away. We would collect and bring home water in our water bottles.
My mother goes to work early in the morning and would come home late in the evening. So it was my brother and my job to get the water. It was very difficult for us to carry water and I used to get lots of pain in my knees and feet.
But then the water bore was made and Aslam’s water came from his own village. We are so happy that we have this new bore well in our own village now. I no longer have to carry water from many kilometers away. I just turn the tap on the village bore well and the safe water flows.
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