Amana Esther struggles as she walks to her home with over 100 pounds of water sloshing around in a large tin container balanced on her head. When she reaches her home, she grabs the edges of the container and tips it forward, the water cascading in a clear, clean veil into her family’s 50 gallon storage barrel.
Even though she has just carried the equivalent of 10 gallons of milk on her head for several hundred yards, she considers herself fortunate now that her usual trek has been shortened by the recent construction of a well in her village. “Before the borehole (well) was given to our community, we had to travel far to other villages to go and look for water. By the time we retuned from fetching water, almost half of the day was gone. Because of that, we were not able to do any other work…we only go in search of water.”
She remembers more of how it used to be, “And, the water we got was guinea worm infested. Me and my children suffered so much from guinea worm. We had to stay in bed for months. But now that we have this borehole, we are free from guinea worm.”
Over 80% of diseases in Ghana are caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.
Call to Action: If you’d like to help other women like Amana, you can contribute to the building of new wells as a means of helping villages toward self-sufficiency. Click here: Ghana Christian Mission
All photographs ©Copyright Gary S. Chapman
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(Nikon D4, 70-200mm f2.8 @200mm, 1/2500 sec, f2.8, ISO 640)