From Bangui, to NYC, to Amish country, to Los Angeles, Marcellin has shared his vision for Central Africa.
This summer, the Central African Republic’s top water well driller, Marcellin Namsene, has been touring around the USA with his wife and youngest son. He has been telling his story in churches and living rooms across the country, sharing his vision to provide clean water to every person in his country.
Marcellin grew up in Yaloké—the same town where Water for Good founder Jim Hocking lived for 18 years, and he grew up best friends with Jim’s eldest son, Jay Hocking.
But it’s not easy for anyone to grow up in the poorest and most remote country in the world, and Marcellin faced a great deal of difficulty. When Marcellin was 13 years old, he lost his father in a car accident, leaving him and his siblings to provide for the family. A bloody civil war in 2003 made things even more difficult.
Jay and Marcellin grew up together in the Central African Republic, building forts back then and new water projects today.
From the beginning, Marcellin was always an entrepreneur
Marcellin started selling Kool-Aid in the marketplace with Jay, then operated a roadside household supplies shop, and even ran a small trucking business with an old family pickup. His resourcefulness and perseverance have allowed him to not only help himself and his family, but others as well.
Now Marcellin is on a mission to bring reliable, safe water through his own business to every person in the Central African Republic…one water well at a time.
Did you know that Water for Good is the largest water provider in the Central African Republic?
Did you know that Water for Good implements all projects through local staff?
Did you know that Water for Good is committed to bringing water to the entire country by 2030?