Water brings hope
The day the pipeline from the Kenyan hillside spring was completed, Cheru led her family, friends and neighbours – her eyes bright with amazement as she saw clean water flowing. Everyone cheered as Cheru’s dad filled the first glass and took a refreshing, life-giving drink.
That day was the start of a new life for Cheru and her family. At just five years old, Cheru would walk for more than three and a half hours each day with her six-year-old sister, Dina, to collect water. It was an exhausting, gruelling trip under hot sun. Little Cheru could only carry a kettle full of water, but she knew it was all important. “I help my mother,” she said.
The cost of this water was high. Not only was the journey long, costing children class time, but the water was contaminated, so their health suffered too.
Cheru's water point
A few months later and Cheru’s story transformed. People around the world heard Cheru’s tale and chose to help her and others like her. Across 30 countries, 64,000 people took part in World Vision’s Global 6K for Water and raised vital funds for water projects. And they made quite a difference.
The nearby schools now have clean water sources and toilet blocks, and Cheru’s village has several water points – one is even named after her!
“That day when the water first came, we ran to our houses and brought jerrycans to fetch the water because we thought the water would get finished,” says Cheru’s mother, Monica. “But seeing the water the next day, I went to my neighbours and I told them: ‘You all come and fetch and bring your clothes to wash. The water is not getting finished.”