Mountain Water Saves Lives

*Sheldon Village, Afghanistan

More than two years ago villagers in Sheldon Village had two choices; use the dirty melted snow from the same ditch where animals drank and defecated or walk for two hours up the mountainous valley to get clean spring water. Neither of these options seem very appealing, do they?

With help from GHNI leaders, the community decided to find a long-term solution to this problem. Instead of going up the mountain to get water, why not let the mountain bring the water down the valley to them?

Why hadn’t they thought of this before? The people of Sheldon Village have been persecuted for centuries by other people groups in the area. They were also overlooked by many other NGO’s helping those in extreme poverty in the region. The belief that this was just as good as it was going to get for them. Period.

In working with these villagers, we’ve learned that all they needed was a little hope; a reason to believe in themselves and their community. Helping them formulate the idea to install pipes from a clean mountain spring down into their village was all it took. Working together, villagers dug a one mile trench three feet deep to lay pipes donated by generous GHNI partners.

Now, with a water source separate from the animals and cleaner than melted snow, the health and wellbeing of the village has changed. Just three months after the project was completed, children proved a 75% drop in illness! Women and girls no longer need to make the arduous trek up the mountain. Most of all, the project gave the community a sense of hope.

In fact, the village is near another landmark in their transformation. They have been working alongside the government to build a school for their children. Now that the girls are not spending several hours a day collecting water, they will be able to spend that time being educated!

Join us in helping villagers like those in Sheldon Village get the supplies needed to install a clean water system in their village.

*For purposes of security and well-being, "Sheldon Village" is a pseudonym of the village being helped by this project.