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The Sweet Taste of the First Bucket of Clean Water

Quote: “This is the happiest day in my life. We have waited so long to get this well, and now it is a reality. Thanks to Africare and its partners for this gift of life to our village. Thanks for giving us life because water is life.”

Issue: Water

Country: Mali

Full Story:

Mariama Walett is one of the most dynamic women in the village of Saobomo, Mali. She had been looking for a way to get a new well for their village ever since the single well they had could not provide enough water for the 950 inhabitants. Some years it would even go dry for part of the year.

Her efforts to get a new well surpassed even those of the village chief. When Africare and the African Well Fund were invited to Saobomo to dig a new well, Mariama volunteered to head the village Water and Sanitation Committee. Thanks to her efforts, the entire village came together to work on the well with the masons until it was finished. After the water had been tested and declared fit for human consumption, she was given the honor – before the village chief – to draw the first bucket. She drank from it and declared to the crowd:

“This is the happiest day in my life. We have waited so long to get this well, and now it is a reality. Thanks to those who made it possible for us. Thanks to Africare and its partners for this gift of life to our village. Thanks for giving us life because water is life.”

 

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