Tarwirei Chitate is an ambulance
Driver near Machaze, Mozambique. We first saw him when he was trying to transport a local woman to the nearest hospital with a surgeon - several hours away down the most horrible roads I’ve seen yet. She was having complications giving birth. Unfortunately, neither she nor the baby made it, and Tarwirei had to turn around and bring her home before they even made it to the hospital. Although he is originally from Zimbabwe, he came to Mozambique when Zim was in the midst of political upheaval, learned Portuguese so he could live and work here.
Although he drives at fast speeds down bad roads he asks the ‘gods’ to protect him and his patients. But it is a hard job, pays little, and is dangerous. In his village, we saw a very long line for water - apparently women travel up to 30km in one direction for water. Many of them wall or ride bicycles with jerrycans attached - well, at least they ride to the pump, but then they have to push them back home.
Can you imagine it? You ride 10 miles on your bike to get 10 gallons of water, which you then strap to your bike and WALK the 10 miles back. And you will do that EVERY. DAY.
Also, because of the lack of water and other resources, food is scarce. From that village, sometimes people have to travel up to 300km for corn. That’s the reality for Tarwirei and so many others.
Help us make clean water a NEW reality for people like Tarwirei. Just $20 gives someone clean water for 20 years. Donate today and find more info about the water crisis at www.walking4water.org.