You would probably want to get up very early so that you would not have to return with a heavy water container during the heat of the day. If you are lucky, you might have a donkey to help bring the water home, but it is more likely that you would have to carry it home yourself. Once you finally lay that pot down, just inside your mud brick house, you have a decision to make. Will you give the water to your children to drink, just the way it is, or boil it first. If you decide to play it safe, you will most likely spend another hour collecting firewood from the forest and even more time boiling the water. By now it is mid-morning, maybe even noon. All you have done so far today is get water. After cooking some food, cleaning, washing the children, and perhaps giving some water to your goats, you may realize that your supply is almost depleted and it is time for another trip to the river.
Now, imagine that ADRA comes to work in your village. One of the first things that they do is set up a water committee to help address the water needs of your community. Depending on your location they might provide wells and pumps, or work with your friends and neighbors to develop a gravity-fed water system with water taps installed at convenient locations throughout your village. Now pure, safe water is only a few steps away from your home! Imagine the difference this would make in your life!