Profile: Shiyujiao, China

January 7, 2007 at 7:57 pm Leave a comment

“Girls from outside villages didn’t want to marry into our village. [This year] we had a real wave of weddings – 12 in total.”

Northern China is plagued by drought and deforestation. Lack of water has left large portions of the country uninhabitable. For people in the small village of Shiyujiao the struggle to find adequate water has deprived them of more than just a living, it threatened the existence of their village. A recent water improvement program brought a new, clean cistern to the village. For 43 year old Zhang Jinyu who has spent a lifetime struggling to find enough water, this means hope. Thanks to the cistern, along with a well, a pumping system and improved irrigation, the community is thriving. Crops can be raised, animals can be watered, and the future of the village has been insured. Before the new water supply women were reluctant to marry into the village because of the constant fear of drought. Now the clean water has improved the health of the people, bringing new marriages and new life.

Source: Fiedler, Katrin. (Oct/Dec 2004). Water Project Floods Village With Bridal Showers. Amity Newsletter. Retrieved December 28, 2006 http://www.amitynewsletter.org/index.php?issueNo=71

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