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Debaki's story

Debaki lives with her husband, Shanti, and their three daughters, Shanti, 17, Mann, 15 and Bal, 11. She tells us how not having access to safe, clean water affects all their lives.

23 Jul 2014

Life would be much easier and more comfortable if the water was accessible nearby.

To get a full gagri [traditional water pot] of water, it takes more than half an hour. In dry season, it will take more than an hour to get a full gagri, because we have to queue and the water in the source is not adequate.

Every day, we need almost 12-14 gagris of water. To collect this much, we need to spend around three hours daily. In the morning my elder daughter helps to carry water but after she goes to school, I have to do the water carrying.

A problem for every generation

It is not only me who is affected by the water problem at my home. Sadly, it affects my daughters' studies too. When there is not adequate water, I have to rush to the water source. I cannot give them food in time and that is how they get late for school.

My elder daughter complains a lot about our hardships for water. She says this is their time to study and focus on their education, not to carry water and waste time. I have no answer in reply. 

I try my best not to involve them in collecting water but I cannot always maintain it. I would not be able to collect water alone for all the household chores. I also have other things to look after.

The chance of a different future

If there is no water problem in this place, the first thing I would do is vegetable farming. Consuming vegetables from my own garden would be more nutritious than buying in the market.

I could also save some money and use this to pay my daughters' school fees.

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