This photo was taken in a small village in Amuria District of Uganda. Like many other villages in Uganda, this one suffers with water scarcity also. Currently, it’s the dry season so there’s a challenge with water supply.
Don’t get me wrong. In the cities, there’s plenty of water because of the National Water and Sewerage Corporation. But in the far-flung villages like this one, the story is very different altogether.
This was taken during school holidays so kids of every age flock the only poso of the village with their own jerry cans (yellow thingy water containers). Some just carry these water containers but the lucky ones have bicycles to use. Sometimes their journey can take up to a couple kilometers.
There are instances that there’s no well so they get their water from the puddle or from the swamp. I’m not sure if they use this for drinking purposes but you can see how people resort to extreme measures just to get some water.
We see this on the news everyday but witnessing this first-hand is a strange experience. I never realized the importance of water until now. It’s true that you cannot appreciate the importance one thing if it’s always there. I hope I can do something. And I hope life in every village in every part of the world will change for the better.
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