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A crises, across Generations

Despite age, race and gender differences, the water crisis can affect any human being. For the young girls and women of Doka Tebien woreda, this struggle is a part of their everyday lives. They are forced to fetch water for their families, who need it to survive.

The lives of KisanetGebreabezgi, 7, and Silaseabera, 60, are clear examples of this burden. These two people are disproportionally affected by the weight of fetching polluted water from a contaminated open source. They live in the same neighborhood and share the same burden every day, which constitutes walking to the pond together discussing things, which is what created the bond between them.

Silase has experienced the burden of the lack of access to clean water during her long life. Now she fears that Kisanet will suffer the same fate as she did. Kisanet, as a second-grade students, explains how the long hours she spends for walking and waiting at the pond affects her school life every day. Silase also explains how fetching from this dirty water source has been affecting her health. 

Now, they are overjoyed to see Drop of Water’s newly constructed water well. They see this as a life changing chance which will allow them to enjoy clean water and good health for the first time in their lives. And they were eagerly waiting to use the new well after its official inauguration.

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