Since moving to Vimphere, Malawi 11 years ago, Maggie has struggled to access clean water.

And she wasn't alone. Water scarcity used to affect the entire village - particularly the women, whose job it is to collect water for their families.

But all that changed this winter, when Maggie and her community got their first taste of fresh, clean water. 

Maggie Kampala taking a sip of potable water for the first time in her life, Vimphere village, Kasungu, Malawi, October 2016.Maggie taking a sip of drinkable water for the first time in her life.

In the past, water scarcity caused health problems for all the villagers, and conflict amongst the women.

“Most women and young girls were spending many hours queuing for water from a spring. There were quarrels and cases of bucket theft.”

“Just to have water we had to sleep at the well”, explains Maggie. “We had to fight for the little water available.”

To make matters worse, the water was dirty and polluted. Villagers, including Maggie, often ended up in hospital with dysentery.

Maggie Kampala, with her daughter Sofie and her grand children, getting water from a new borehole, Vimphere village, Kasungu, Malawi, November 2016.Maggie, with her daughter Sofie and her grandchildren, getting water from the new borehole.

"I'm speechless"

Now that the village has sustained access to clean water, Maggie and her neighbours can get a good night's sleep.

“Ever since we have had this borehole, no one has slept at the water source,” says Maggie.

“This is something that we really didn’t expect. That we would one day have access to safe water. This gesture of kindness has really left me speechless. I can only say thank you!”

On the edge of making history

One simple change – a borehole – means Maggie, her family and the people of Vimphere can look forward to a brighter, healthier future.

For the first time ever, 9 in 10 of us have access to clean water. And there's one thing you can do right now to help reach that final 10%.

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