Round and round she goes, only to collect buckets full of diseases.
For 15 year old Anita, the fight for water begins early morning and continues through the day. She makes two to three rounds to collect water, often before and after her school hours. Girls like Anita carry utensils filled with up to 15 litres of water at a time, sometimes even bare feet and over muddy, uneven terrain.
“No one in my village has a water connection. Almost everyone is dependent on open wells and springs that are very muddy. The villagers are now accustomed to taste of the dirty spring water and do not care if it is clean or not.”, shares Anita in a low voice, as she walks back from another round of collecting water.
While the Baiga Chak community struggles to access safe drinking water, they are also exposed to a wide range of waterborne diseases. In recent times, WaterAid India, along with its partners has been working towards providing clean water, toilets and good hygiene to these villagers.