Water or Education?
A little girl is watching her friends going to school. She would like to go with them but she cannot. She has to go for water for her family. She lives in Afghanistan where thousands of children do not have opportunities to study. It is not just a problem of culture, the war or Taliban, it is about basic survival. Sad to say, water is more important than reading, it is essential.
„I really wish to go to school, spend my time with my friends and play with them,“ the girl says. She has to walk three hours every day to the nearest well and more than three hours she carries heavy water vessels back home. Her school is closer - only two hours of walk.
Water is stability
Water is one of the most important sources of stability in Afghanistan. People with uncovered elementary needs are not able to survive in rural areas. Therefore they try to settle down in overpopulated cities like Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif. Regrettably, there is a lack of houses, work and water for all these people as well. Poor families have to carry the heavy water every day also here. But still it is much closer and children have a better chance to go to school because they do not need to spend a whole day by walking for water. The availability of drinking water and good access to water pumps and wells is a basic presumption for better life in Afghanistan.