Uni is a widow who is raising her four grandchildren in a rural village called Rancalabuh in Indonesia. Her husband died many years ago, and recently her daughter died of an unknown illness. After Uni’s daughter died, her son-in-law fled the village leaving his four children behind. Uni, who believes she is more than 60 years old, is raising them now.
Uni’s home sits up on a hill, just above a canal. The canal where she gets water for cooking and drinking, where the villagers wash their clothes, where hanging latrines are affixed over the water, and where Uni bathes her grandchildren.
Uni’s oldest son lives a few homes down from her. He is helping to provide for Uni and the children. The children are often ill, in fact while we visited with Uni, her eight-year-old grandson was running a very high fever and had stomach pains. Uni’s son understands it is important for his family to have safe water to drink, cook and bathe. So, through Water.org’s local microfinance partner, KPP, he applied for a loan to construct a tap for Uni’s house. The family is eager for the process to advance.
Uni is very thankful at the prospect of having access to safe water for her and the children. Until that time comes, she will continue to wake before dawn to collect water from the river. She is hopeful the new water point will yield safe, healthy water preventing her and her grandchildren from acquiring undesired water-borne illnesses.