Life in Thandolwayo's village in north-western Zimbabwe wasn’t easy for the 12 year old. Every morning she’d walk seven kilometres and risk being attacked by crocodiles to collect 5 litres of clean water for her grandparents. Exhausted from carrying the water, she’d then start her day at school.
Sadly, around 72% of Zimbabwe's population is living below the poverty line, including Thandolwayo's family. She dreamed of one day being a nurse but was exhausted from her daily walk to get water. It impacted her ability to learn at school.
But then Caritas did something special. We installed two solar-powered pumps to draw the water up from the river. It changed Thandolwayo's life.
"Life has really changed as a result of the tap because now I can bathe every day,” says Thandolwayo. “We can wash our plates and clothes regularly. I now go to school feeling fresh. The distance to collect water for the family has been drastically reduced. We now drink clean, safe water and diseases are no longer affecting us".