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Hopes and dreams for 2015

Our communications officers in Madagascar and Nepal asked people in the communities where we work what they’d like to see happen in 2015. This is what they told us.

We successfully campaigned to get clean water and safe toilets to the top of the global agenda this year. Now that water and sanitation is a Global Goal, we can transform millions of lives, like those of Rojotiana and her school friends in Talatan'Angavo, Madagascar.

For them, 2015 has already been a year of new opportunities. Until recently, they had to rely on an old dirty water source which often made them sick. Meanwhile, the task of collecting water – which, as girls, often fell to them – would take hours every day, time they could have spent playing and going to school.

Today, Talatan'Angavo has 31 new waterpoints and 16 school taps, as well as four new school toilets. That means no more walking for water, no more missing classes and much less chance of getting sick, which all adds up to one thing: the chance of a happier, healthier future. 

Rojotiana

Rojotiana collects water from the newly-built waterpoint

"In 2015 I will be 11 years old and I would like to pass my exam," says Rojotiana. "Now we have safe water and a toilet nearby in our village and school, I don't have to think about fetching water anymore. We can drink fresh water any time. Life is completely different."  

Ravaka

Ravaka stands outside her school's new toilets 

"In 2015 I will be 12 years old and I would like to be a teacher," says Ravaka. "Having a separate toilet compartment for boys and girls is great. It offers more privacy."

Faniry

Faniry drinks water from the tap
Photographs: WaterAid/ Ernest Randriarimalala

"In 2015 I will be 11 years old and I would like to be a doctor," says Faniry. "Having safe water and toilets in school is the beginning of a brighter future for me."

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