Enjoying clean water in dry land
40 years of conflict, drought and economic instability
Few job opportunities, rising poverty rate and worsening environment
Mountainous and remote
Since 2001, World Vision has been working in Afghanistan. In Badghis Province, there are two villages with about 350 households. In the past, as water supply network was non-existent, children had to walk 30 minutes a day to fetch water from a nearby river, regardless of the seasons. The river was muddy and contained worms, regularly causing children’s stomach pains, diarrhoea, vomiting and belly cramps.
Things began to change for the better when World Vision built two solar-powered water networks. Each network contains one borehole, a metallic head tank, solar panels, solar submersible water pump and a distribution branch of water pipes. Children no longer have to make the daily journey to the river or worry about falling ill, as each household can now collect clean water from water taps close to their homes. Children now have more time for schoolwork and games, while families can spend the medical expenses saved on food and school supplies.