Rhoda’s Story

rhodachiputuLitchenza Samuti and Chamasowa Project in Malawi helped 1,500 people (300 families) get drinkable water. A child in Chamasowa Village tells how the project helped her.

“My name is Rhoda Chiputu, I am 10 years old. I come from Chamasowa Village and am in Standard 3 at Chamasowa Primary School.

“Before the construction of the borehole here at Likoto in Chamasowa Village, we used to fetch drinking water from an unprotected well, which was very inconsistent in terms of the flow of water. People used to crowd over there, spending more time on water collection. Sometimes the well could go dry and people had to wait for the water to start flowing again. Other people resorted to drawing water from the nearby river. In addition, during rainy seasons the well used to get mixed with run-off water with a lot of turbidity, dirt and waste. The children regularly suffered from diarrhoea; which resulted in high absenteeism from school and, hence, poor performance.”

Rhoda nearly dropped out from school in 2005 as her friends used to laugh at her in class due to her poor performance. Most of the days, Rhoda could not do her home work because she had no time, as she spent most of her afternoons helping her mother fetch water.

“Now that there is a borehole in my community, the scarce potable water has become easily accessible; the distance to the water source has been much reduced; and this rainy season I have not suffered from diarrhea. I now spend less time collecting water than before and have more time to do my homework and concentrate in school. My performance is improving.”

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4 Responses to Rhoda’s Story

  1. Bunny says:

    You are absolutely correct, Rhoda’s words are paraphrased from the translator. It is true that many of the world’s children spend a good deal of their day dealing with the chore of getting water. I’ve got some video footage that you’ll see in upcoming posts. With all the time spent on chores or with being sick from drinking tainted water, children in developing countries miss a lot of school.

  2. The Wanderer says:

    I have a feeling that a very educated person listened to Rhoda speaking in her native tongue and paraphrased what she was saying. Maybe we need to find a 10 year old raised on pure spring water that can speak both English and one of the many native languages of Malawi so that we can get a more accurate flavor of how a 10 year old speaks. Living with cloudy, dirty water, I am sure Rhoda does have a word for it and that it would be translated to turbid, whereas a first world 10 year old would not have no clue.

  3. Abraxas says:

    I’m not buying this whole “I was a bad student from fetching water” story. Find me a 10-year kid, reared on the world’s purest spring water, who could use “turbidity” in a sentence!

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