4 Networking Volume 22, Issue 1 Winter Term 2021
7. Lent 2021: Walk for Water
This year has been a year like no other. In a time where it would have been easy to give up hope, young people have instead committed themselves to inspiring and leading us all to a brighter future. Not only were we faced, as ever, with the ongoing challenges of poverty, injustice and climate change, but we were also confronted with a global pandemic.
Walking for Water: a daily journey in Ethiopia This Lent we are sharing the story of a community who live in Afar, Ethiopia. This region is one of the hottest places on Earth, with temperatures reaching over 40˚C. Changes in the climate have made water even more scarce, and some members of the community have to make a daily five hour journey just to find enough water to drink, cook and clean.
Abdella is 23. He dreams one day of starting a small business. But at the moment he leaves his village daily while it is still dark to make a treacherous climb into the mountains to find water. It is hard and tiring, and Abdella feels like he is wasting his life. His cousins, Abdul and Mohammed, hope to be a doctor or a teacher when they grow up – they need our support to realise their dreams.