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Video: Schoolgirls share their poem “Dear Water”

It can be easy to take clean water for granted here in the United States. Just turn on your tap. But for millions of children around the world, not having easy access to clean water robs them of time, energy, health, and opportunity. It means so much to these schoolgirls in Kenya that they wrote a poem — “Dear Water” — to share how life-changing it is:

Dear water,
It was hard to get to you.
Waking up at dawn
Buckets on our heads
Donkeys loaded with jerry cans.
Miles we walked
In the scorching heat
To look for you.
Dear water,
At last you came.
Sweet water
Our backs are rested
The miles are no more
Diseases are gone.
For you are closer to us.
Dear water,
You are such a blessing.

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In Morungatuny, Uganda, 5-year-old Grace and 3-year-old Judith start and end their day with walking to gather water for their family. Judith often struggles to keep up with her older sister and has trouble carrying her 1-liter water can. (©2017 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)
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