Since she was a young girl, Tenagne has walked up to six hours every day, carrying an achingly heavy water vessel on her back, to get water for her family’s daily needs. Like most of the women in her village, she didn’t attend school because her job of fetching water was considered more important.
In those days, the water Tenagne collected was far from safe and clean. In fact, until she was five years old, she had a one-in-five chance of dying from a waterborne disease such as diarrhea or cholera.
Then, ORDA intervened and, together with members of the community, constructed a safe water point just outside Tenagne’s village.