From just four years old, Liddah Manyozo, 37, collected water before school. Then, the opportunity for clean water on tap changed everything.
With a degree in agriculture, Liddah now works for World Vision. Recently, she’s been working alongside a drill team as a technical advisor, bringing water to communities across Malawi. For her, finding clean water is not just a technical exercise, but a spiritual one:
"God created water and when we are drilling, we make a deliberate effort to seek guidance from that same God to provide water." - Liddah Manyozo
“I just thought that’s the way life is supposed to be.”
"I grew up in a remote area. In my community, we would walk for water early in the morning and then go to school. We went to a river for our water, but when it dried up, we’d have to walk to another village.
Usually there were long queues and I had a permanent bald spot on the top of my head from where my bucket used to rest.
I started collecting water at four years old. I am the firstborn in our family, so my mother mostly relied on me to help her with collecting water. In the morning, before going to school, I was supposed to collect water at least three times. I was also responsible for making sure my sisters cleaned their faces and feet before going to school. The water was not enough, so it was just cleaning your face and feet, and off you go.
I was usually late for classes because of my responsibilities. And I was tired most of the time when I was at school. This affected my concentration and performance in class."