Week 1: Thandolwayo's Story, Zimbabwe
The future does have a name… and its name is hope.
Life in her village in north-western Zimbabwe wasn’t easy for 12-year-old Thandolwayo.
Thandolwayo lives with her grandparents and attends the local school which has just 35 students.
Every morning Thandolwayo would walk seven kilometres and risked being attacked by crocodiles as she collected contaminated water for her family. She’d then go to school feeling exhausted.
Thandolwayo’s grandparents sell pearl millet bran to fishermen and farmers for animal feed. They also sell chickens - but the income it brings isn’t enough to support the family.
Thandolwayo’s hope to be a nurse seemed almost impossible to realise until Caritas Hwange helped the village to install two solar-powered pumps and two 10,000 litre water storage tanks. The pumps draw the water up from the river to the storage tanks.
Thanks to Caritas’ support, water is now on tap in the village, benefitting the whole community - and Thandolwayo can concentrate on her education.
“Now I can bathe every day, the distance to collect water for the family has been reduced,” Thandolwayo says. “We now drink clean, safe water and diseases are no longer affecting us.”
The plentiful water supply has also triggered new ventures. Water is being used to mould bricks for building houses and to pound maize to sell. Plans are underway to establish a community garden and a fish pond, to generate a better income.
“Hope is important because it makes me work harder so that I achieve what I want to be when I grow up,” Thandolwayo says.
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As little as $45 can buy school supplies for Tandolwayo. Please donate to Project Compassion 2019