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A Story on global Warming by Sachin Sharma

A Story on global Warming by Sachin Sharma

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Published by: iVolunteer Overseas India on May 04, 2012
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iVolunteer Overseas
D-134, First Floor, East of KailashNew Delhi-110065Tel.: +91 11-26217459Email : vso@ivolunteer.inWebsite: www.ivoindia.org
By Sachin Sharma, VSO Volunteer, IndiaThis is the story of a Thirty Five years old lady called Mrs. Faith Guchu. She lives in a village calledKiranga in Kandara District. In the same village is located the Kiranga Youth Polytechnic, where Iam posted as a V.S.O. volunteer. This Kandara is a new district made by the Kenya government
cutting this area out from the Murang’a South District. The whole of the district Kandara is an
under developed area with very few tarmac roads, very few places with piped water, no streetlights, no cyber café and generally the people suffer from poverty. In the whole district there is just one Post Office with only a single staff member. After declaring it a district, the government
has newly established offices like the D.C.’s office, D.Y.O’s office and the Law Co
urts. The districtheadquarters are at Kandara, which the people call a small town, but really speaking it is a bigvillage.The village Kiranga is even more under developed than the district headquarters Kandara. There inthis village, lives Mrs. Faith Guchu, a mother of three. She is a poor illiterate lady whose husband
works as a casual labourer in people’s farms. The family lives in small two
-room house of theirown which is surrounded by the houses of their relatives. I know Mrs. Guchu and the family and
I’ve visited her house. The house lacks even the basic comforts like mattresses. Like most houses
in the village, she does not have electricity and piped water. Two of the children go to a nearbyprimary school and she has a one four months old baby. She works as a house help on casual basiswhenever she gets an opportunity.Life was already difficult for Mrs. Guchu and Global Warming added to her suffering. There is aborehole near her house which is not very deep but used to be full of water. But now due toGlobal Warming, the rains are not coming on time, and thus the borehole is dry. There is a rivercalled Makindi which flows through the village. The river originates from Aberdares National Parkwhich is around sixty kilometers away from Kandara. This river flows deep down from thelandscape of the village through a place surrounded by bushes and stones thus its difficult to reachand also there no much water in the river. Just few years ago, it used to have a lot of water andthe villagers used to visit it to fetch water from it whenever they needed. Even the villagers usedto take a bath in the river as the water was up till neck but nowadays it is far below the knees. Now, her day starts with carrying jerry cans along with her two daughters aged eight and twelveyears old with smaller jerry cans in the hands of both of them. They go around half a kilometer
iVolunteer Overseas
D-134, First Floor, East of KailashNew Delhi-110065Tel.: +91 11-26217459Email : vso@ivolunteer.inWebsite: www.ivoindia.org
away to a house where there is a deep borehole which is one of the few boreholes in the villagethat have not dried because of being quite deep. The borehole in this house is One Hundred Feetsdeep. The people of this house welcome everyone who wants to take water from their borehole.The people of this house like other villagers have a high impression of VSO and they appreciate mypresence in VSO uniform to help the youth of the area and they even take me as a family member.Every weekend, I live in this house to get a company and kill boredom when the Polytechnic isclosed. Now, Mrs. Guchu is among so many ladies who wake up early in the morning and leave for this bighouse which is half a kilometer away from her house. Even before leaving for school, her twodaughters accompany her to fetch water which is the very basic necessity of life. I move out for jogging almost every day in the morning as well as the evening as I want to keep fit.I meet Mrs. Guchu standing with other ladies several times fetching water outside this house. Shesays due to lack of rains, her life has become more difficult. A few months back when she waspregnant, she was in a lot of discomfort to come and fetch water. Now she has a four months old
baby which she leaves at a nearby relative’s house and comes to fetch water with two of her
daughters. They tie jerry cans on the backs with ropes and move slowly towards their house. Then,she gives a bath to two of her daughters and sends them to school.I stop to exchange greetings with all the ladies when I am passing near to this house while joggingand talk to them.Sometimes, I am not in Kiranga or do not feel like going for jogging, one can miss seeing the VSOvolunteer, but one can never miss seeing these women, as water is the very basic necessity of lifeand one cannot survive without water. Thus, these women cannot miss coming to this house tocollect water.These women incl. Mrs. Guchu talk to me very often about their suffering and as a V.S.O.volunteer, they know me and my working at the village Youth Polytechnic and are also aware
about other NGOs’ like Red Cross and their valuable help for the people in this distri
ct. Thus, theseall ladies respect the NGOs and take me as a reliable person who has been sent by V.S.O. to helpthe under-privileged youth of the area.In our discussions, she along with other ladies enquires about the reasons for the lacks of rains asthey know being an international NGOs volunteer, I might be having a trustworthy reply to thisquestion. I tell them about the whole issue of Global Warming mentioning about the Green HouseGases emission by the industries which are mainly located in developed rich countries like USA,and thus resulting in lack of rains. I also tell them about the glaciers that form rivers are recedingdue to global warming and thus the rivers are shrinking, their water levels are reducing. I tell themthat this is the reason why the nearby river Makindi has very less water now and this is the casewith almost all the rivers.Mrs. Faith Guchu says that she got married fifteen years back. Before marriage since birth sheused to live in a town called Kangari which lies between Aberdares National Park and Kandara. Herhouse was near the banks of river Makindi. She remembers that there was no borehole near herhouse and they used to take water directly from this river. She says that she has an emotionalattachment to this river as since childhood she used to take water for everyday use from this riverand also take a bath in it every morning. She says that the river is her childhood friend as she usedto play in its lap (waters) for hours along with other children. Whenever she was sad she used to
iVolunteer Overseas
D-134, First Floor, East of KailashNew Delhi-110065Tel.: +91 11-26217459Email : vso@ivolunteer.inWebsite: www.ivoindia.org
sit at the bank of the river with her feet hanging into its water and just watch and watch theflowing water for hours and she used to get mental relaxation automatically, she says that timeher friend (river Makindi) used to be so rich (had a lot of water) and one could cross the river only
by swimming. When she got married to a man of Kiranga village and reached her husband’s house,
she was happy to know that Makindi river was present in this village Kiranga also to welcome her.Here her house was far from the river but once in a month she started visiting her friend (theriver) crossing the difficult landscape of bushes and stones and take a refresher shower in it. Shefeels unhappy to see that every year her friend is becoming poorer and is no longer rich (hasreduced water level every year). And this year, when the borehole near her house was dry, shewent down the landscape to see her friend, she almost wept to see that her childhood friend(river Makindi) is now very sick (has a little water) and is unable to make her play in her arms (takerefreshing shower in its waters). She sat near her friend for a few minutes and climbed back to thevillage with a heavy heart.Mrs. Faith Guchu along with other women sometimes request me to let them into this housewhere they come to fetch water to watch TV which is a luxury to these poor ladies who do noteven have electricity connection in their houses. I allow them to watch TV with me. They all like tosit on the floor watching the T.V. I play channels showing English Action movies. They see in thesemovies White ladies attending parties carrying cats in their laps like babies. They also see whiteladies driving long cars, playing golf and availing other luxuries. The ladies enquire from mewhether the white ladies do not carry jerry cans and fetch water from boreholes like them andneither wander in the villages looking for firewood.I reply that their countries are the most responsible for global warming but are the least sufferersof global warming. I tell them that these white ladies have piped water and cooking gas in theirhouses and thus they never need to wander outside the home looking for water and firewood.After that, these ladies enquire about the death of wild animals due to drying of rivers in thenational parks and these ladies are smart enough to conclude that this is due to global warming. Ialso agree to their conclusion.
At these, they say that these White people are very fond of visiting Kenya’s wildlife Safari and take
photos of our forests and wildlife. These women say that the Kenyan government should makeCold Storages at the gates of National Parks. The Forest Department should preserve the bodies of all these wild animals that die because of thirst inside these cold storages. The white tourists who
come to enjoy the National Parks must first all be shown these animals’ dead bodies. The cold
storages must have the boards written
“Please pay homage to these victims of global warming
and take home their photos and then you are
welcome to our national park”.
One of these ladiesis a bit educated and says that she knows about the existence of embassies of one country in
other countries and vice versa. She says that Kenya and other Africans countries’ embassies in rich
developed c
ountries like US should display these dead animals’ photos on notice boards along
with the complete reason and story behind their death in order to create awareness in developedcountries about the hazards of global warming in this other part of the globe. The other ladies whoare almost illiterate do not know what is an embassy are explained by her about embassies andtheir purpose.These ladies enquire to me about why these White women, who are so loving and caring towardsCats as if they are human babies, are not caring towards us African ladies, Children and the Big

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