The hope water can bring

by Sally-Anne Hurley | Mar 22, 2018

World Water Day is celebrated and acknowledged each year on March 22. Lack of access to clean water and basic sanitation facilities are still issues many vulnerable communities experience around the world.

Caritas supports many water and sanitation-focused programs particularly in our work across the Africa region. Here is a story from Mozambique, highlighting the hope that water can bring to the lives of the most vulnerable.

Integrated Rural Development Program

In Mozambique, Caritas Australia’s partner agency, Caritas Regional Gokwe, run the Integrated Rural Development Program.

One of the key outcomes of the Program is improved access to water and sanitation facilities to vulnerable communities. For example, around 450 participants in the areas of Chiaquelane, Manjangue and Chinhacanine have access to improved water supply through the program.

Water is crucial to better sanitation, and this program has already impacted approximately 30 families across these communities, improving their sanitation conditions and reducing the disease rate from 30% to 0% by constructing household latrines.  

Ryall's story

A mother and grandmother, Ryall has had so much responsibility on her shoulders for a long time. Her husband and two of her children have passed away, and she cares for her eight grandchildren, working hard to ensure that they are fed and receive an education. Ryall also has a disability, which has begun to cause her some pain over the years.

The drought in Mozambique has also made it difficult for Ryall to maintain her crops. Her village did not have sufficient access to water.

In 2014, Ryall became involved in the Integrated Rural Development Program and the experience transformed her life.

When Ryall joined the program, she was trained in conservation farming and able to produce a variety of crops like tomatoes, maize, cassava, onions, beans. Ryall attends the community meetings regularly, developing more skills and gaining knowledge on how her family can be more self-sufficient.  The training Ryall has undergone has also helped her use her resources more wisely, which is helping her feed her family.

“Since I arrived [to the program] I now have water, a garden and now there is a health centre where I can take the grandchildren for treatment,” says Ryall. “Before I would walk 25 kilometres to Mabalane to get medical treatment. Now I only walk 2 kilometres and am so happy to have the health centre.”

“I want to thank Caritas Regional Chokwe and Caritas Australia for helping me and my family,” says Ryall.

“I am so glad that I am able to share my story with you so that you can tell the people of Australia how grateful my family and I are for your help. I thank God for giving me hope and believe that I will be able to continue to care for my grandchildren.”

59 Comments

  1. 59 Liam 22 Mar
    It’s great to see that although people are suffering with no water and health issues, they can still get by and are thankful for such basic things. It’s also great that there are programs in Mozambique to help people like Ryall, this can change their lives.
  2. 58 Lana 22 Mar
    That was so kind of Caritas to give people clean and healthy water and I am glad that there are people in the world that do this to help others
  3. 57 Jaz 25 Mar
    It’s amazing to see that Caritas is helping out people all over the world and helping people who don’t have access to clean water. It’s also good to see that they are opening medical centres to help all the people who are sick
  4. 56 Levi 26 Mar
    It makes me so happy to see that Caritas are helping all these people, and helping them learn.
  5. 55 Juicy Joseph 26 Mar
    It’s great to see caritas taking a stand for everybody’s rights
  6. 54 Juicy Joseph 26 Mar
    It’s great to see caritas taking a stand for everybody’s rights
  7. 53 Marcus 26 Mar
    It’s so great to see that people all over the world who haven’t got water, are getting help from Caritas, who are helping them to be more healthy. It’s also great to see that there are programs to help people in need of water and other things that could help them.
  8. 52 Hamish 26 Mar
    It’s so great to see the lasting effects that Caritas is making on people without access to clean water in third world countries. It’s great that there a programs like this who help people that can’t help themselves.
  9. 51 Jasmine 26 Mar
    So touched by this story. I am so happy Caritas cares about these people who don’t have many people to care about them. It is devastating that we have so much and people elsewhere have so little, especially water and medical services. Things we take for granted. Thank you Caritas for helping them.
  10. 50 AJ 26 Mar
    It is great that Cartias is helping people out that have no clean water. It is amazing who much you have changed there lives. I hope Padua Collage can raise some money for Caritas Australia. I think that all the people that you help are sooo thankful and so am I.
  11. 49 Jimmy 28 Mar
    Caritas is an amazing charity and when they help out a problem with water, the thing you NEED to survive, it’s really amazing!
  12. 48 Xander 28 Mar
    Good luck
  13. 47 Padua Student 28 Mar
    Awesome job, you should be so proud of all your work Caritas is doing amazing and changing people lives around. Stay strong!
  14. 46 Padua Student 28 Mar
    Awesome job, you should be so proud of all your work Caritas is doing amazing and changing people lives around. Stay strong!
  15. 45 Will 17 Apr
    It’s great to see Caritas standing up for these people. Giving them clean water is amazing, rather then them walking miles to get some water. It’s nice to see you helping people like Ryall, keep it up guys.
  16. 44 Jack 18 Apr
    It’s so good of Caritas to be giving people without access to clean water, clean water. And I’m happy to see that there are people in this world that do things like that.
  17. 43 Padua Student 18 Apr
    It’s great that now there is a health centre in Mozambique, thanks to Caritas.
  18. 42 Marissa 18 Apr
    It is so great to see that Caritas is providing clean and healthy water for those who don’t have access to clean water. It’s great that people like Ryall will now have more opputunitues and that it has changed their life.
  19. 41 Marissa 18 Apr
    It is so great to see that Caritas is providing clean and healthy water for those who don’t have access to clean water. It’s great that people like Ryall will now have more opputunitues and that it has changed their life.
  20. 40 Max.r 18 Apr
    “Caritas are helping these people and helping them learn.”

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