• H2YOU Contributor

WATER IS LIFE - Malawi, Africa

This is why I went to Malawi. In 2013, I spent ten weeks of my summer in Malawi, Africa, doing research on clean and accessible water resources/systems, and installed a water pump for a local hospital and village. I wanted to help bring clean water to people who deserve so much more. This is a picture of Cedric, a three-year-old orphan who lives with his grandma now because both his parents have passed from HIV AIDS. Cedric was with us every step of the way during the installation of the water pump, and when the water finally started flowing from this tap in front of his house, he ran over to it screaming "Maji, Maji, Maji" (water, water, water), and took a drink from it for the first time in his life. The local pastor told the people and us, "Water is life. Without water, one cannot live." What a surreal memory that I will treasure forever. We take water for granted every day, yet these people are happy just to have water for a day. We could learn a lot from people like Cedric. Being a part of supplying water to the Sangilo Health Center and Sangilo Village will forever be one of the proudest moments of my life, and I thank everyone that worked so hard to make it happen.