Thursday, December 6, 2012

It Takes Two to Tangle

When you’re a preschooler, it takes two to tangle with a water pump at St Bakhita’s.  Both girls jump to grab the lever as they imitate the older girls in working the pump arm. Their body weight isn’t enough to bring it down; only a trickle of water emerges.  Soon enough they will become adept at the hard labor of hauling water for daily use. For them, the pump is a luxury. Most villages do not have one, and the women must walk long hours to find and bring home the precious water.

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