When you wake up, Aysha’s already left to fetch water. It’s not until your afternoon coffee that she comes home.

Aysha walks an eight-hour round trip across barren land every day to reach her closest river. She has little time left for learning, playing or being a child. This is a day in her life.


Aysha's day starts at 6:30 am.

Aysha lives in a remote region of Ethiopia where clean water isn’t easy to access. The latest El Niño cycle made things worse. Dry conditions plunged Ethiopia into its worst drought in thirty years, making it even harder for girls like Aysha to find water.

She begins an eight-hour round trip to collect just five litres of water.

Getting water - an easy task for many of us in Australia - dominates Aysha’s entire day. She loads her camel with enough jerry cans to bring back five litres of water. Her entire family will rely on that water for the day.

At 10:40 am, Aysha finally reaches her destination.

Four hours later, Aysha reaches the river. Any water collected far away from home comes with a risk. Even if the river water is safe, carrying it in storage containers increases the chance of contamination and the spread of deadly water-borne diseases.

Aysha quickly washes her face and takes a drink before filling up the jerrycans. She still has a long way to walk today.

She takes a break at 1:10 pm. At that point she’s been walking for six hours.

Worldwide, women and girls spend an estimated 200 million hours — every day — collecting water. It’s a colossal waste of their valuable time.

By 4 pm, Aysha is home and can finally sit down to eat.

The impacts of spending her day walking to fetch water ripple on. By the time Aysha eats, it’s late in the afternoon.

It’s only at 5:40 pm that she gets a chance to learn.

Excessive time spent collecting water can change a girl’s life. It cuts short the hours they spend learning, playing and being a child. For Aysha, it makes school near-impossible.

Aysha heads to bed by 9:30 pm before she needs to do it all over again.

There is hope for girls like Aysha

UNICEF is there for children affected by drought in Ethiopia and beyond. We're supporting the rehabilitation, maintenance and upgrade of wells and boreholes, giving families water purification and treatment chemicals, and trialling satellites to detect deep groundwater for large scale systems that supply multiple villages.

For girls in Ethiopia, clean water means everything. UNICEF is working to reach 2.2 million people in Ethiopia this year - can you chip in $12 to help provide safe water to children in need?

UNICEF's life-changing impact for girls in Ethiopia

Aysha deserves better

Every child has the right to spend their days learning, playing and enjoying the simple pleasures of being a child. But drought in Ethiopia and across East and Southern Africa is stopping millions of children from accessing clean water, eating nutritious food and getting the education they deserve.

UNICEF needs you now more than ever. Together we can help children living through drought with new water points and daily deliveries of safe drinking supplies. Can you donate $12 to help our teams reach children like Aysha with clean water?

To Aysha, a supply of clean water means the opportunity to live her childhood fully. It means she could wake up in the morning and just get on with being a child. So thank you - your donation means everything.
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