Water is indispensable part of human. In Konso district of Ethiopia, women spend around eight hours every day in fetching water from Toiro River, which is at the top of a steep mountain. The people of…
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In the developing world, scarcity of water is yet another way that depicts gender inequality. Women have to haul water from long arduous distances while menfolk drink and chat under shades. Moreover, most of their hard-earned money is spent on clinic visit to treat their boys who suffer from water borne diseases.
Bringing clean water is important for transforming their lives as it would motivate them to focus on more productive work. Besides providing women with more time on income producing activities, it would also help girls to go to schools and have wider options for better life. Water problem is common to poor, including urban poor across the world. WaterAid, a UK based NGO has successfully transformed lives of the people in Konso. It has involved the villagers across Konso district in the WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) project. They help install pumps and dig trenches etc. to lay pipeline and bring water from the river to the villages as well as harvest rain. Most importantly, villagers are trained in maintenance so that the project may continue when the NGO leaves the place after it has achieved its target of bringing clean water to the people.
“Fresh water’ by Barbara Kingsolver reveals how the inhabitants of the same earth display starkly different lifestyle. While water is taken for granted in developed nations and wasted without concern for the future, for people sub-Saharan states, it is an unending search for clean water to survive. Water is life which is corroborated by human physiology which is made up of two-third water. Lack of awareness regarding conservation of environment, especially water has resulted in dramatic climate change. The changing pattern of rain has emerged as major concern: while some parts of the world are witnessing extreme drought situations, other regions experience flood, hurricane, rising sea levels, bursting levees. Water inequity has not only caused disparity across human population but its
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