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Thirsty But Afraid to Drink

Every day Mari faced an impossible decision—whether to drink the dirty water that would give her a stomachache, or suffer from thirst. Read Transcript


Reporter:

EVERY

DAY

10-YEAR-OLD

MARI CARRIES

WATER WITH HER MOM.

ON THE WAY HOME, SHE TRIES

NOT TO THINK ABOUT WHAT

MIGHT BE LIVING IN THAT

WATER.

THE WATER IS DISGUSTING.

YOU CAN SEE BUGS OR WORMS

SWIMMING IN IT.

IT'S ALWAYS A STRANGE

COLOR.

Reporter: THIS DIRTY

STREAM IS THE ONLY PLACE

MARI HAS TO GET WATER.

HER MOM STRAINS IT TO GET

THE BUGS OUT, BUT IT IS WHAT

THEY CAN'T SEE THAT MAKES

THIS WATER SO DANGEROUS TO

DRINK.

I WAS ALWAYS THIRSTY, BUT

I WAITED TO DRINK UNTIL I

COULDN'T STAND THE THIRST

ANYMORE.

SOMETIMES AFTER I DRANK THAT

WATER, MY STOMACH WOULD

REALLY HURT.

I COULDN'T GO OUT TO PLAY

WITH MY FRIENDS BECAUSE I

WAS SO SICK.

Reporter: WHEN

"OPERATION BLESSING" LEARNED

THAT NO ONE HERE HAD GOOD

WATER, WE SET UP A

1500-GALLON TANK TO COLLECT

WATER FROM THE STREAM, AND A

PURIFICATION PLANT TO TREAT

IT.

WE THEN RAN PIPES, WITH

PURIFIED WATER, TO ALL OF

THE HOMES IN THE VILLAGE.

I WAS SO EXCITED.

I THANKED GOD AND TOLD MY

MOM THAT GOD SENT THE PURE

WATER TO US.

Reporter: TODAY MARI NO

LONGER GETS STOMACH ACHES,

AND SHE LOVES BEING ABLE TO

GRAB A COOL GLASS OF CLEAN

WATER AFTER PLAYING

OUTSIDE.

I AM VERY HAPPY.

NOW WE HAVE GOOD WATER TO

DRINK.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

BRINGING THE WATER TO OUR

HOME.

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