Zimbabwe: The Hope of Clean Water

Christine draws water from a dirty well in Zimbabwe

Christine draws water from a dirty well in Zimbabwe

Rosina leads the village in singing and dancing at the new well site.

Rosina leads the village in singing and dancing at the new well site.

Muddy water begins to come to the surface.

Muddy water begins to come to the surface.

Dirty water that Christine drew from her well.

Dirty water that Christine drew from her open well.

“Truly there is a God. Who can do this? Only God can do this,” the crowd sang as the well-drilling rig began to ooze muddy water, a precursor to the clean water only 15 more feet of drilling and a week of settling would soon bring.

“I thought getting clean water was for other people,” Rosina related in a moment of obvious joy. She jumped up and down, twirling around as she rallied the villagers gathered near the drilling rig to sing and dance as the workers drilled deeper.

Even though it would still be a week or so before the mud would settle and the new well would begin delivering clean water to Katsambe Village in rural Zimbabwe, at least now there was hope…the hope of clean water to come.

After the spontaneous celebration, another woman, Christine, walked home to draw water from the only available source the village has had until now, an unprotected, open well. In addition to water borne parasites that are not visible, the bucket of water she drew contained bits of dirt, bugs and plant matter. “We will have clean water now. In the past, we have had much sickness. We thank God because he is the one that made this happen.”

With a quietness that is unusual for her vibrant personality, Rosina says, “Thank you for remembering us. This has become a lesson for us to also help others who are in need.”

Call to action: Katsambe Village is but one of several villages in Zimbabwe that have received a well through the support of Africa Development Mission and USA based partners such as SCC Global Outreach.

For a short audio clip of the spontaneous singing at the drilling site, click here.  Villagers Singing

All photographs ©Copyright Gary S. Chapman

Technical:

(Nikon D4, 24-70mm f2.8 @24mm, 1/640 sec, f16, ISO 500)

(Nikon D4, 24-70mm f2.8 @27mm, 1/1600 sec, f7.1, ISO 320)

(Nikon D4, 70-200 f2.8 @135mm, 1/2500 sec, f2.8, ISO 200)

(Nikon D4, 24-70mm f2.8 @70mm, 1/250 sec, f8.0, ISO 125)

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