Castle Wall. Fighting to survive0
Recently we had the opportunity to travel with Asian Aid, an organization who provides education and vocational training to children and young adults through sponsorship programs in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. They also have sponsored water wells throughout these countries as well. One of these wells was installed in a small hidden community located near Vizianagaram, India. Walking to the area was something unlike anything I have experienced in the past. We started by walking off a busy street, down through old beaten structures only to find a hidden city behind everything else.
Once walking through the entrance there was even a bigger surprise, a GIANT castle wall!, we were standing in a moat! A moat is a body of water surrounding a castle for protection against attack. After the time of this castle, the moat was filled and peasants moved in. They have been settled here ever since, with the area of Vizianagaram growing around them not much has changed in this community, Until now. Asian Aid has put this community in a development program starting with a water source.
Jim Rennie(CEO) of Asian Aid was explaining to us the reason behind their water
sponsorship with this particular village was Women and children being killed while trying to cross the busy street in search of water. After hearing the many tragedies that had taken place in this community Asian Aid decided to take action and install a well with-in this communities boundary to keep the women and children safe from the busy street.
It was a humbling and incredible experience meeting everyone and learning of their past. My wife recently wrote a saying on a piece of paper for me and told me to hang it in my room so it was the first thing I read in the morning when I awoke, it read;
This village, community, Men, Women and children bring validity to this quote. Please remember the next time you are getting water from your tap to be grateful for the rare opportunity you have and remember the “Castle Wall”. Over half of our world does not have the luxury of clean, safe water. I want to thank Asian Aid for taking the time to show this project to us. We met the most beautiful people and look forward to bringing filtration and education to the castle wall.