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Kalyani's story

Kalyani lives with her husband, Gunja, her sons Ghamand, 17, and Shanta, 12, and her daughters Bishnu, 10, and Bhawani, 7. Kalyani’s eldest sons, Chhetra and Tulsi, have already left home. She explains the impact journeying every day to collect dirty water is having on her family’s health.

23 Jul 2014

The water source is open and it is not protected. The water is not safe to drink but we do not have any other option. In rainy season, the source gets contaminated with muddy water. The water looks hazy.

We suffer from diseases like fevers, throat aches, coughs, diarrhoea and headaches. Diarrhoea occurs mostly in rainy season. For the treatment of these diseases, the health service facility is very far. It is an hour walk from here.

For the treatment of common diseases it would not cost much, but for some serious diseases we have to spend more than 5,000 rupees [£49], and this is a very high amount for us.

A chance to save time - and money

If we get clean and safe drinking water, not only time will be saved but the amount that we spend for health treatment, and I can use this for grocery items. I can also contribute to my children's school fees and stationery.

If we have easy water accessibility, I can save lots of time which I can use in my household work. Now, only because of water, my household chores are not managed properly. I have to do everything in a rush.

If I do not have to carry water, I will have time to grow vegetables on my farm.

The key to keeping clean

The water scarcity does not allow us to maintain personal hygiene. We cannot clean ourselves and we cannot take baths regularly. We cannot wash our clothes either. Water is the key thing to maintain sanitation and hygiene.

I feel very bad and sad too, as my son complains a lot regarding these problems. He says, why was he was born in such a family where there are massive water problems? He also asks to sell the property and migrate to the plain area where there is easy water accessibility. 

Sometimes I also feel like leaving this place, but it is not that easy.

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