Godfrey K., 14, recalled what life was like in the Kyakaitera Community before his community's well was installed last year.
"We used to face [the] challenge of long distances. We would use bicycles to collect water and sometimes even get [in] accidents. We would ride on busy roads used by sugarcane trucks, [and] this would put our lives at risk," said Godfrey.
"It was quite challenging on my side because, in my home, only boys fetched water since the waterpoint was far [away], and we had to ride bicycles. I would always go to bed tired and wake up in the morning fatigued, yet I had to be at school on time," Godfrey said.
Now, collecting water is much simpler for Godfrey and his family.
"I can fetch water at any time; even when I need drinking water, I can just get a cup and draw from the waterpoint. I save a lot of time because I no longer move long distances, so I have enough time to commit to my school activities," continued Godfrey.
Having ready access to water from the well has made a difference for Godfrey, allowing him to share the responsibility of collecting water with others in his family.
"The pressure of looking for water [is] reduced, and we always have adequate water. It is no longer boys alone [sent] to fetch water [for] their homes; even my sisters go fetch since the waterpoint is near. There has been a lot of improvement in our way of living because we eat food on time, [are] able to wash clothes and bathe every day, hence improved sanitation and hygiene," concluded Godfrey.
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