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  • Conservation: Senegal | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Senegal

    If too much water has been pulled from the well, villagers here will make use of it. Whenever it looks like rain, we take all of our buckets outside to fill for bath water.

  • Conservation: Tanzania | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Tanzania

    Although there is mandatory rationing by the water department, people seem to be wasteful of water, which is surprising since it is so hard to come by.

  • Conservation: Togo | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Togo

    Water is not wasted. Water to wash hands is also used to clean dishes.

  • Conservation: Zimbabwe | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Zimbabwe

    For such a dry area, I am surprised at how much water is wasted.

  • Cricket and the Sea
    Type
    Folk Tale
    Region
    Central America and Mexico, Guatemala

    Author: Monica Fitzgerald

  • Crisis Corps Sri Lanka
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    Asia, Sri Lanka

    Author: Darren D. Defendeifer

    Excuse me sir, but can you help me? I have lost my wife, my children, my house, my fishing boat, and I am a fisherman."—Sri Lankan fisherman

  • Cross-Cultural Dialogue
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    Africa, Guinea-Bissau

    Author: Roz Wollmering

  • Cuando El Éxito Sabe a Miel | When Success Is Truly Sweet
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    South America, Bolivia

    Author: Kristina Owens

    Hola, Me llamo Kristina Owens. Fui voluntaria del Cuerpo de Paz. Hice proyectos de recursos naturales en el sur de Bolivia. Aquí estoy en los cerros cerca de Las Carreras, El pueblo donde trabajé.

  • Daily Usage: Burkina Faso | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Burkina Faso

    In the morning, I pour water into a wide basin and wash myself with about two liters of water and a washcloth with local soap. I boil water for coffee and tea, and pour the remains into my flowerpot (I've got romantic ideas about turning the desert green).

  • Daily Usage: Cameroon | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Cameroon

    In the morning, I wash my face in the bathroom and brush my teeth with filtered, bottled water. Then I take a shower (or bucket bath if the water has temporarily stopped). As I leave home for school, I see the fishermen preparing for a morning at sea. At school, ...

  • Daily Usage: Cape Verde | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Cape Verde

    Author: Brandon Lundy

    Each morning, after brushing my teeth, I step into a half-full basin of cold water. My wife, Alli, has already showered. After breakfast, I fill a small plastic basin with soap and water and soak our breakfast dishes. No time to wash them; I don't want to be late for ...

  • Daily Usage: Côte d'Ivoire
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Cote D'ivoire

    I use only about three buckets of water here a day for bathing, drinking, and cooking. I have a small concrete shower where I take bucket baths and a filter with which I purify and clean my water.

  • Daily Usage: Gabon | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Gabon

    Author: Pamela Parsa

    fell asleep last night listening to the rain pounding on my metal roof. This morning, I woke to the sound of drizzle. When it rains, I can sleep late, because no one walks outside in the rain—you might catch a cold.

  • Daily Usage: Ghana | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Ghana

    I am probably one of the only WATSAN (Water/Sanitation/Health Education) Peace Corps Volunteers in Ghana with running water. I have a huge water tank, which is on top of a concrete mini-water tower and is connected to my faucet and shower-head by plastic pipes.

  • Daily Usage: Guinea | Water for Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Guinea

    Water has never been so important to me as it is in my village life. I am a math teacher, and you would think that math teaching has nothing to do with water

  • Daily Usage: Kenya | Water for Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Kenya

    Our daily usage of water is extremely low compared with use in the United States. We have no running water and no flushing toilet, so we conserve quite a bit of water. In the morning, we brush our teeth using one cup of water, wash our faces with about two ...

  • Daily Usage: Lesotho | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Lesotho

    There isn't much water available because we had a very dry winter and no rain this spring. I usually try to use only one to one and a half liters of water a day.

  • Daily Usage: Madagasacar | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Madagascar

    I always knew that we needed to conserve water at home, but I never really knew exactly why. I took short showers, didn't let the faucet run, and tried not to use the garden hose too often. Then, I arrived in Madagascar and my outlook changed. The need for personal ...

  • Daily Usage: Mali | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Mali

    Author: John Bidwell

    I was very conscious of my water consumption in Mali. It was a quarter-mile hike to the nearest pump; that can be a long way to carry two sloshing buckets while flies are trying to investigate your nose and ears!

  • Daily Usage: Mauritania | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Mauritania

    My day begins with a cold shower and a reminder of how lucky I am to have indoor plumbing as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

  • Daily Usage: Morocco | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Morocco

    I have two 10-liter bedos that I fill at the irrigation ditch, using a bandana over the opening to filter out small bugs and debris at the irrigation ditch. The irrigation ditch is only 30 meters from my house, so these heavy bedos don't travel far. The two bedos suffice ...

  • Daily Usage: Namibia | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Namibia

    Every morning I check to see if the water is running (that is, to make sure that the town's generator didn't turn off during the night). If there is water, the pressure is often weak, and the hot water does not work.

  • Daily Usage: Niger | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Niger

    As the sun rises, I too rise out of bed and promptly boil two cups of water for my daily dose of coffee. I go out into the yard and water my garden (one bucket).

  • Daily Usage: Senegal | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Senegal

    Our day usually begins with a trip to the well for three or four buckets of water. We pour one bucket of water into a filter. After adding a little bleach, we let the water circulate through the filter, then empty it into a clay cannery that keeps the water ...

  • Daily Usage: Tanzania | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Tanzania

    I use water here for the same things I do in the United States—drinking, cooking, bathing, washing clothes, and watering plants. The difference is that I am much more conscious of how much I use here, since it is a valuable commodity.