As parents, it’s much easier to talk than to listen. But listening is what our children need us to do. It’s a hallmark of World Vision’s work to involve everyone in decision making — men, women, and children. Every year on November 20, Universal Children’s Day reminds us to listen to children around the world, children who see problems from a point of view that we adults have long forgotten.
Here’s a simple fact: Water is life. Every human being needs water to survive. But the world is in a challenging place when it comes to water. Water is only getting more difficult to come by in areas affected by drought or conflict and as populations grow.
Cheru and Kamama live in rural Kenya, and like millions of African children, they help their mothers carry water every day. Though the 5-year-olds live just 16 miles apart, for one, fetching water is a three-hour struggle; for the other, it’s a seven-minute stroll. Walk with them.
Two Kenyan mothers desire education, independence, and health for their daughters, but only one has assurance her daughter’s life can be better than her own.