Water is something that many of us in the developed world have the luxury to take for granted. It is available, on tap, hot and cold, 24/7, any given day of the week. But in the countries of Southern Africa affected by the El Niño weather phenomenon, it is the difference between eating today or not, between being able to wear clean clothes and wash yourself or not, and, ultimately, between life or death.
CARE’s Johanna Mitscherlich was recently in Greece where more than 50,000 refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq are stranded. She describes the awful conditions families are forced to endure and the uncertain future one family in particular is waiting for.
Baby vividly remembers the day three years ago when her children were chased from school because their school fees weren’t paid. It nearly broke her heart. She simply couldn’t afford the cost. But then Baby joined a CARE savings and loan group and has improved the lives of her children and her community in Ghana!