We invite you to join us in reminiscing about four villages WWFA helped in the past who all shared with us that receiving the gift of a WWFA water well was a dream come true!
The Mwangala Village borehole was installed in June 2014. We met with Teresa that year and then we had a chance to check in with her again a year later. Teresa beamed, “I would rise at 4 or 5 am in the morning. Sometimes my two girls would rush to go to school and they would only get two buckets each morning. Agnes is 15 years old and Patricia is 14 years old. Girls start collecting water at seven years old. My girls were late for school at least three times a week. Now they are always on time for school. They have more time for their studies because the water is close. I never dreamed that we would have a borehole here. We didn’t believe it would happen when they told us. It is a dream come true.”
Margaret Kumbukami said, “There has not been one case of diarrhea since the borehole was placed in June 2014. We can wash, take baths, and make gardens. Now that water is available we will make gardens and make bricks to build houses. It is a dream come true.”
Mathias Bewale said, “I never dreamed in my lifetime that I would drink from a borehole since I was born I have never drank water from a borehole.”
We followed up with a site visit to Upile Village. The borehole was installed on May 05, 2015. As we drove up to the new borehole the ladies saw us and ran down to the water well and started singing. “We’ve just seen white people here. These are the people who brought the borehole. We didn’t know that we would receive visitors today. Let’s go see them. We are worried that this organization would come to an end. We want them to continue.” The village chief, Kim Mussa Mapaliro joined them, “We are so happy…more than happy to have this borehole. I never dreamed of having a borehole. Five villages will use this water source.”
On May 25th, 2015 we visited the Chawa village borehole that was installed April 9th, 2015 at a depth of 35 meters.
There were a bunch of ladies who came singing very joyfully when we arrived. I asked our guide, “What are they singing?” He said they are singing, “Let’s go see if we have a borehole in our village. We are thanking the organization who brought water to our village. We were drinking from dirty sources. We are lucky we have received a borehole.” They just made the song up as they went. It was so interesting to know what they were singing.
The chief, Amos Chawa is also a group village headman of six villages. Chief Chawa said, “It’s as if we’re dreaming.” I asked the chief, “How long have your ancestors lived here?” Chawa answered. “I don’t know how old I am. I can remember back about five generations but nobody knows… A long time. So in all that time we never had a borehole no one has ever promised a borehole here.”
We’ve heard that refrain so many times over the years: “The water well is a dream come true.” They never imagined that clean water was something that would ever happen to them. We heard it over and over again like a beautiful song, “It’s a dream come true.”
Meet our WWFA team who helps make donors’ dreams come true: installing water wells that make other people’s dreams come true!