Residing in the village Gboko Butane,
Marie-Francoise lives with her family, which consists of 12 children, her sister, and their husbands. Before the arrival of their village’s well, Marie- Francoise would constantly find herself short on time. The nearest water source was 1.2 miles away and the daily trip took a large chunk of her day. Her daily routine consisted of arriving at the garden to work early in the morning to beat the heat before returning home to start the process of washing clothes and preparing dinner. For these tasks, she had to gather wood, chop it, then walk over a mile to collect water. Once home, the water would be boiled over the fire to wash clothes and make supper. By the time the chores were done, it was late and dark, sometimes 8 p.m. The kids were often already in bed and had to go without supper.
THESE PAST FEW MONTHS HAVE BEEN MUCH DIFFERENT FOR MARIE-FRANCOISE AND HER FAMILY.
Supper is often on the table by 6 p.m., as the children can help gather the water from the nearby well. The sun no longer sets without the days’ chores being completed and the children’s tummies being full, all because you helped us get a water pump to this village! These are real people and real lives dramatically impacted by clean water.