Bringing Water to Afghanistan’s Villages

“It’s like the heart. If this stops pumping, the whole body dies.”

Looking at one of his village’s new tap stands, the Afghan man smiled. His life—and his neighbors’ lives—had been transformed by the installation of a pipe system that provided clean, drinkable water to hundreds of people.
In the remote province of Ghor in Afghanistan, villagers must work hard to get clean water, especially in the summer. Women in small villages like Akhtakhana Bala must walk down to a valley to get water, carrying it back up in vessels on their heads.

So when a CRS project funded by USAID brought pipelines and tap stands to Akhtakhana Bala’s 560 residents, the villagers rejoiced. One Shura (village committee) wrote a list of reasons why the water system helps them:
• less work for women
• less conflict with other tribes
• women and children don’t hurt themselves if they fall downhill when getting water
• less disease
• we can wash ourselves more often

“We had no water, only saltwater,” says a beneficiary named Massoum Khan from a neighboring village that also received a water system. “The good water source was an hour away by car.”

“Now we have sweet, drinkable water. Every day I pray for CRS.”

Laura Sheahen is CRS’ regional communication officer for Asia

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