This willowy girl daily navigates a narrow, precipitous mountain path in Pakistan's high Siran Valley; thorny bushes tear at her worn shalwar kameez (a traditional Pakistani outfit), as she balances the heavy water container on her head. "When I return home from fetching water, I am already so tired," she says.
Once Asma is back home, though, she and her younger brother, Reyast, will walk two more hours down another steep mountain slope to the nearest primary school, supported by World Vision, in Dhabar Khatta.
"Water and education — this is what is most needed in Jhangi," says Asma's father, Noor Mohammed.
Asma, who loves to study English and Urdu, also enjoys her friendships with the other girls at school.
But not all of the fourth-grader's school memories are cheerful. Asma was in class on Oct. 8, 2005, when a massive earthquake decimated her school and shattered lives in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province where her village is located.
"I was so afraid!" Asma recalls. "My father came to take me home after three days, as soon as he returned from work."
Before the quake, Noor Mohammed worked as an unskilled laborer in the port of Karachi, some 1,800 kilometers (1,118 miles) south of Jhangi. He remembers what he witnessed two years ago: "I came home to find my house collapsed, and my wife and 8-year-old boy trapped under heavy rubble, where they died.
"I was grateful that my other six children were alive, and kept [thinking], 'How will I support them? What about their futures?'"
After their mother's death, Asma and her older sister, Saima, 13, began managing the family household — cooking, cleaning, and caring for their father and siblings. The family relies on the milk of four goats, as well as the maize and vegetable harvests from their small plot of land.
The October 2005 earthquake took an almost unbearable toll not only on Asma's family, but on the community at large. Each of the 45 houses in the village collapsed, reduced to piles of debris in just a few seconds. Seventeen villagers, including six children, lost their lives.
The earthquake also destroyed the village's water system; it took three days before another source of water was discovered — an hour's walk up the mountain to the watering hole Asma uses each day.
"We cannot afford to replace the [water] system, and our repairs did not last long," Noor Mohammad explains.
World Vision was the only aid group that reached Jhangi, a three-hour hike up a rugged, steep slope. The isolated community sits atop a mountain, some 7,000 feet above the Siran Valley.
>> Pray for children, like Asma Bibi, and their families, who continue to struggle to rebuild their lives two years after the 2005 quake.
>> Donate now to World Vision's Disaster Response Fund. Your contribution will help us to quickly deliver aid in the midst of disasters like the quake that caused untold suffering among thousands of children and families in Pakistan.
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