Case study: Water as a force for peace
"Now we have enough water for food, to clean ourselves and our clothes, for our animals to drink." Cecelia, Uganda
Water is scarce in Cecelia's village. Between droughts and the dry season, the nearest river often dries up completely. As water runs out, tensions rise between the tribes in the area. When she was a child, Cecelia's sister was killed as desperate people fought over the dwindling resources.
A CAFOD-supported project repaired a vital borehole in Cecelia's village and provided tools and training to community members so that they can maintain it. Now they have their own source of water, there is no violence. "People follow the line", she says. "If you come first, you collect your water first. If you arrive last, you collect your water last."
A reliable source of clean water means Cecelia no longer has to worry about her five children catching diseases when they drink. Cecelia is also the chairperson of the community's Water User Committee, which maintains the borehole so the whole community can bathe safely, helping increase hygiene and reduce the risk of illness. "I would like to say thank you to the people for the good they have done here", Cecelia said.