There was an extended heatwave and drought in 2009 and worse in 2010 in Burma. Many students from Yangon, often with few to no resources or income of their own, would raise money to buy water and deliver it to villages a bit far beyond Rangoon. The drought was devastating to elderly and children and while no statistics were available, the rumors were that hundreds, probably into the thousands perished in villages and in the cities where electricity was doled out in 4-hour chunks late at night.
The total cost of the water with delivery was about $120.00 USD. The truck driver gave a decent discount as well.
Villagers dug deep beneath the creek beds or pond beds for water hiding deep beneath the earth.
Each creek beed was cracked with what turned out to be heavy 24 inch and more slabs of soil. They could be removed almost like pieces of a puzzle. Which of course, they were.
A woman scrapes the dirty water into her bucket. After sitting a while to let the sediment fall the water could be used for drinking and cooking.
All over the area a variety of ways to catch water below a surface were revealed.
Some were successful.
Some were creative by using dams to collect tiny little water flows barely visible.
A woman collects water at a make shift well.
Students and were eager to give their time and efforts for people in need of clean water.
Women and children watch from a small ridge enjoying the strangers toil.
A major success for young Myanmar students giving to those in need.