04/09/2014 02:19 pm ET Updated Apr 10, 2014

Zambian Girl Who Dreams Of Becoming Doctor Forced To Fetch Water Instead Of Going To School

Instead of getting an education, Violet walks 2 miles to fetch water three times a day. Her sister and grandmother depend on her.

"While I walk, I dream of going to school," the Zambian girl said in a PSA produced by World Vision, a humanitarian organization advocating for children around the globe. "I dream of becoming a doctor."

Over the next year, World Vision will follow Violet and other children in "The Zambia Project." The venture will capture the experiences of those featured as they receive access to clean water for the very first time.

Currently, the water Violet collects for herself and her family is not safe to consume. In impoverished Zambia, more than 1,600 children under the age of 5 die every day from diarrhea caused by unsafe drinking water -- more than AIDS and malaria combined. A recent WaterAid report found that marginalized and rural communities in Zambia have consistently been excluded from water and sanitation service provision. And, as Chelsea Clinton pointed out last month, more than 750,000 children die every year because of severe dehydration due to diarrhea.

"I do not feel good about the sores on my head," says one child in the The Zambia Project's PSA. She's one of many children who suffer from skin and stomach diseases caused by contaminated water consumption. "Our lives would change so much if we had clean water."

To learn more and donate to Zambian children in need of clean water, visit World Vision's website.



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