Darou Ngaraf - 26 July 2010 available on Allafrica.com
Kalla Niang, 12, is highly self assured and energetic. She is busily
preparing herself for high school, an opportunity that, until recently,
would not have been available to her. She lives in the village of Darou
Ngaraf in northern Senegal.
Like many girls in rural Senegal, Kalla and her sisters are
responsible for many daily chores, including drawing water from a
communal well that is located far from their village.
"My sisters and I had to rise before dawn to fetch water, and we were
very often late for school," she said. "We always arrived very tired
because drawing and carrying water is not easy."
Lack of energy and time for an education was not the only danger that
Kalla and the other villagers faced by not having access to a reliable
source of water. Drawing water from unregulated sources of water put
them at risk of diarrhoea and malaria.