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  • Half Man, Half Limping Rabbit
    Type
    Folk Tale
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Romania

    Author: Nina Porzucki

  • Happy Hearts in Manabí
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    South America, Ecuador

    Author: Kristen Mallory

  • Health and Nutrition: Burkina Faso | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Burkina Faso

    Water pumped from the ground is fairly clean and free of rocks, dirt, mud, and mildew. But it's not free from microbes and viruses that are too small to be seen by the eye. This is why I filter and add bleach to my water.

  • Health and Nutrition: Cameroon | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Cameroon

    My drinking water is treated at the local water-processing plant. However, this does not prevent frequent brown particles—soil—from entering into the system. Our water travels through pipes that are buried in the earth.

  • Health and Nutrition: Cape Verde | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Cape Verde

    Author: Brandon Lundy

    Two serious health-related problems are the lack of access to potable water and inappropriate sanitation facilities. The few freshwater sources that exist on the islands are difficult to access and expensive to exploit.

  • Health and Nutrition: Côte d'Ivoire | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Cote D'ivoire

    My drinking water is fairly fresh, since it comes from a deep and protected well (although I filter and chlorinate it to kill bacteria). Most villagers have begun filtering their water as protection against Guinea worm. But some continue to get their water from contaminated sources.

  • Health and Nutrition: Gabon | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Gabon

    Author: Pamela Parsa

    I boil and filter my drinking water after pumping it, so my water is fairly clean.

  • Health and Nutrition: Ghana | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Ghana

    The water quality has obviously been improved by the installation of boreholes. But even though borehole water is taken from deep in the ground, other factors do lead to eventual contamination. If the boreholes are situated far away from houses, the water is fresher than in boreholes situated in the ...

  • Health and Nutrition: Guinea | Water for Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Guinea

    The water that I drink is not fresh, but it is clean. I get my water from a well outside my house. Well water, though cleaner and safer than open lake or river water, is subject to many of the water diseases that plague Africa, like blood flukes, river blindness, ...

  • Health and Nutrition: Kenya | Water for Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Kenya

    Our drinking water is not fresh, and many people (including our students) take no precautions to make sure it is safe. Many times we have seen our students dip their cup in the river and drink it. They don't believe that it can make them sick.

  • Health and Nutrition: Lesotho | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Lesotho

    Water in the United States is treated to add things we need and take out the things that could make us sick. Since I grew up in the United States, this is the kind of water my body is used to. But my water in Lesotho comes just as it ...

  • Health and Nutrition: Madagascar | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Madagascar

    Everyone in my community drinks the pump water unfiltered, including farming families who have lived here since long before the pump was built and the people from cities working for the park service who would otherwise drink bottled water. I do filter it, but mostly for the convenience of the ...

  • Health and Nutrition: Mali | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Mali

    Author: John Bidwell

    The drinking water from wells was fresh, but I still treated it with a filter and bleach. In truth, I often drank untreated water when I visited Malians.

  • Health and Nutrition: Mauritania | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Mauritania

    Health problems arise during the rainy season when standing water accumulates in puddles throughout the city. Waterborne illnesses such as malaria take several victims every year.

  • Health and Nutrition: Morocco | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Morocco

    My drinking water is fresh, in the sense that it comes from a natural spring. But the water must travel about one kilometer in an uncovered irrigation ditch before I draw from it.

  • Health and Nutrition: Namibia | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Namibia

    The drinking water in our community is treated to ensure its potability. If the water in the dam is not clean, extra chemicals are added.

  • Health and Nutrition: Niger | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Niger

    There are often small worms swimming in well water. I have not been sick yet, and therefore wonder if the worms aren't harmless. I also have not seen any illnesses in the villagers that can be directly traced to the water.

  • Health and Nutrition: Senegal | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Senegal

    Our drinking water is fresh and clean. After we draw the water from the well, we bleach and filter it. A few drops of bleach kill any bacteria that may be in the water, and the filters remove dirt particles and parasites.

  • Health and Nutrition: Tanzania | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Tanzania

    Water comes from pipes and is clean except in the beginning of the rainy season, when it is visibly muddy. During those times, I sift the water through a T-shirt and then let the rest of the impurities settle to the bottom of the storage containers. I always boil water ...

  • Health and Nutrition: The Gambia | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, The Gambia

    The water I use for drinking, bathing, and cooking all comes from a covered well. There are three covered wells in my village, two of which are safe to drink from.

  • Health and Nutrition: Zambia | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Zambia

    Although I assume that my water was clean, I let it stand for 24 to 48 hours and then run it through a filter.

  • Health and Nutrition: Zimbabwe | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Zimbabwe

    According to Mr. Mukusay, the nurse in charge, 60-70 percent of the people here in Gumica have bilharzia, also called schistosomiasis. (It's a disease caused by a parasite picked up in water that harbors snails, which are hosts to the parasite.)

  • Help! My Father Is Coming! and The Visit to Vijay's
    Type
    Personal Essay

    Author: Jim Toner

  • Hey, Driver!
    Type
    Letter
    Region
    Asia, China

    Author: Thalia Kwok

    He was a friendly man who laughed easily and often. In the usual manner, he weaved in and out of the thinning evening traffic, abusing his horn like a professional—or a maniac—depending on your take....

  • Holy Water in a Vodka Bottle
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Latvia

    Author: Kevin O'Donoghue