A life-changing moment

Life in Ambohimatsinjo village in Antohobe, Madagascar has just changed. Forever.

Until now, the entire village has had to survive on a single source of dirty, contaminated water. But thanks to the support of people like you, we've worked with the community to install a brand new waterpoint with safe, clean water just 15 metres from their village – and now life will never be the same again.

Watch what happened when the community used the new waterpoint for the very first time:

A chance to enjoy childhood

The arrival of safe, clean and easily accessible water is especially significant for the girls of Antohobe.

As in many of the world's poorest communities, the burden of collecting water has fallen on them. For girls like Solo, 13, and Ze, 12, that's meant navigating the steep, narrow path to the old, dirty water source up to five times a day, avoiding the sharp cacti that grow along the way and carrying as much as 20kg of water back home on their heads.

It's also meant sacrificing going to school, having the chance to play and being able to enjoy their childhood. Until now.

Young children playing in fresh water 
Best friends Solo and Ze celebrate the arrival of safe, clean water in Antohobe. "I am so happy about what is happening in our village," says Solo.
Credit: WaterAid/Ernest Randriarimalala

Change that's here to stay

The new waterpoint is just one of the changes taking place in the community.

Every household has also built a pit latrine, to ensure everyone has a safe, private place to go to the toilet.

Two men from the village, Razafimahatratra and Ze's father Noël, have been appointed as technicians and have been learning about the new waterpoints, so they can look after them in the future.

And we've also trained two local volunteers, Sederman and Arnaud, to become community agents, teaching them about hygiene and sanitation – knowledge they're now sharing with everyone in the community.

Watch Ze's father Noël explain why he wanted to become a technician for the community:

It's impossible to overestimate the impact clean water and safe toilets will have in Antohobe. Put simply, it will transform everyone's lives.

"There is lots of fresh, very clean water coming from the pump. It’s so easy to get water here," says Ze. "With clean water I will be stronger and I will be healthier. Thank you for making it happen."

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