Frequent headaches, tiredness, lack of concentration - does this list sound familiar? A combination of too much caffeine and not enough sleep means that a lot of adults in the UK suffer from these symptoms! But what would you think if an 11 year old told you she was feeling like this?
Beauty, 11, used to suffer from headaches all the time. They would interfere with her school work and often she would fall asleep in class. Getting an education in Zambia, where Beauty lives, can make an incredible difference to your future. Falling asleep in class everyday meant that Beauty was missing out on lessons that could change her life.
Walking for water
And it was all for water. There was no water source in Beauty’s village so everyday she would walk several miles to queue at the local secondary school’s borehole and get enough water for her family. The borehole was meant only for the school so sometimes Beauty would be chased away by school officials when she tried to use it. Then she would have to walk to the Zambezi River, which was even further away and the water wasn’t clean.