|How does a person explain that a woman is at the well instead a man? Why is it normal for a man to stay home and sit in the shade while his better half carries heavy loads and provides water for the family? I don’t have the answer, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t something the women volunteered.
If you’ve been to Uganda, this scenario is familiar. The cultural norm that requires women to carry water has survived a few thousand years of time. Maybe it happens, but I have been to Uganda eight times, and I haven’t seen a man carrying water. (In Uganda, the women also care for the children, wash the clothes, carry the firewood, and cook the meals.)
We aren’t sure how to change the culture, but we know what we have to do. We have to bring clean water into every village that we serve so that no one has to carry water from great distances.
One of the guys who helped with our medical trip last month created a video. It’s really good. Take a couple of minutes and watch it. You’ll be glad you did.