Friday, February 5, 2016

Life would be easy if we had water in our village

Carmelita de Jesus carries 15-20 litres of water up a hill 4 times a day – backbreaking work.
© UNICEF Timor-Leste/2015/Dmonemnasi
One late Friday morning I met Carmelita de Jesus, a woman in her fifties  running down a hill carrying three empty jerry cans. “Why are you running?” I asked. She quickly replied: “I need to go to the spring to fetch water for cooking - my children will be arriving soon from school.”

I immediately asked her if I could join to see where she collected the water. She nodded in agreement but then came a gentle warning. “You can, but be careful, the trail is steep and difficult,” she said with a slightly mischievous smile.