Why are you walking for water this Lent?

Abdella is 23 and he has big dreams. He dreams of starting a small business. He dreams of starting a family. He dreams of having his own home.

He dreams of the day he won’t have to walk ten hours to get water.

Abdella lives in Afar, Ethiopia – one of the hottest places on earth. Like hundreds of people in the area, he spends most of the day walking to get water for his family to drink.  

He knows that if there was water near his home, his family wouldn’t have to worry any more about getting enough to stay alive. And he could start on the dreams he has for the rest of his life.

What's the solution?

“We would go out to get water at around 2am,” says 50-year-old Ibrahim, “and we would get back maybe 24 hours later.”

That was before a solar-powered water pump was installed near Ibrahim's home.

£750 raised through Walk for Water can pay for a pump that brings water to out-of-reach communities. Ibrahim and his neighbours can now spend time on farming, starting businesses and being with their families.

Who are CAFOD?

We are an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

We believe in a world where we can reach every woman, man and child so that they can flourish. We are part of a global Church network with a local presence in 165 countries and territories. Together we make up one of the largest aid networks in the world.

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