Choupette is 10 years old, and like many Caribbean kids her age, you would expect that being active and having fun is a part of her everyday life. Unfortunately that’s not the typical life for Choupette who lives in Haiti.
For Choupette, each day means three trips, two gallons at a time, two hours each way, walking miles, to fetch water for her family. I take for granted how readily available water was when I was growing up. Even in the worst of times, I only had to walk a couple steps to get water and I had help most of the time.
Here is a short clip of Choupette and a glimpse into her typical day.
I watched the video several times, I tried to imagine myself at 10 years old, in her shoes or more realistically no shoes, walking miles to fetch water. But each time I watched the video, I knew I honestly couldn’t feel her pain.
I hope somehow, for those who read this story, they see beyond the country known as Haiti and try to think of how difficult it must be for this 10 year old Caribbean child.