A mother's day with a difference: the day clean water arrives

Delisile, 30, holding her baby, Nzuleni, Dvokodvweni constituency, Eswatini, November 2018.
Image: WaterAid/ Dennis Lupenga

All mothers hope their children will grow up with a good education, a safe home and a healthy, happy childhood. But even these most basic of expectations can be a distant hope for those raising children in places without clean water.

Traditionally the burden of collecting water falls to girls and women. Hours lost walking to and from unsafe water sources robs them of the opportunity for an education, or paid work. It makes supporting a family even harder.

So for mothers the arrival of clean water doesn’t just mean a chance to carve out a different future for themselves – it means a better life for their children too.

Back in 2015, WaterAid supporters donated to our Deliver Life appeal to help put clean water into maternity hospitals across the world – giving new mothers and their children a much healthier start in life. That money has since funded a momentous three-year project bringing clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene to communities, schools and health centres in Ethiopia, Malawi and Rwanda.

As this work comes to an end, fittingly just before Mother’s Day, we’re bringing you  stories from three mothers in Malawi whose lives have been transformed by clean water.