Absence of Water : A Crawling Disaster


Sonali Gunvant Koli, is 15, and a high school student.

Sonali's parents are manual labourers. They are poor and have lots of problems. Two goats they own are their only property. Sonali’s school is situated at a distant location from her house. But above that, the major problem is complete scarcity of water facilities at the place they live in. There is neither hand pump, nor well nor tap nor even any open well. They have to walk at least half a kilometre from their house to any water source. And it is Sonali, who has to fetch water for her family every day. Usually, girls in poor Indian families are responsible to collect water for domestic consumption. This has often delayed her arriving at her school.

She complains about pain in her head, waist, back and neck. She knows the reason for her pains. She carries heavy vessels full of water on her head and waist at least four times every day. She often falls sick. Because of lack of water, she often has to compromise with cleanliness. Her family members also speak about falling sick very often. Thus sickness and money spent on treatment is becoming a worry for the family. Not having sufficient water can be a slow and silent disaster for a family. This needs to be resolved immediately.