Upon learning about Save the Rain, Felista mobilized her whole village to bring water to the school she taught at rather than having students do the walking. She had walked for 3 days to our project manager’s house to ask for assistance for her students and community.
At the village meeting, we discussed the issue of water as it is needed for construction and a great way for the community members to participate. But Mareu is so far from any ground water source that water had to be trucked in for us to do our work. During the initial village meeting, the conversation got heated as to how the community could fulfill their part of the project. One man stood and asked if we would reduce the number of lottery winners and in turn, assist the community with the expense of the water. Then another woman stood and told the man he was being short sighted.
“Somehow, in some way, if we are being given this miracle, surely we can figure out how to do this one small task,” she said. Then another man stood and said that he would give all the money he had in his pocket and asked if others if they would do the same. It was such an exquisite sight to see one person after another jump up and offer their money – the small bit they had worked so hard for. All the while, our director, Kelly, was trying to calculate how much extra money was needed to truck in water. By the time, the effort came to an end, the community was celebrating as they raised over $100. The sense of accomplishment was contagious and the sense of empowerment was a victory. But then an old woman stood, unstable in her footing and shaking in her voice. Was it enough? Had they given enough to get the job done? Our director stood and said, “Of course, because you gave everything you had. How could we ask for anything more?”
Thankfully, Save the Rain exists by the philosophy that when you do good by others, good will be done by you. And it did, right after the meeting a local Tanzanian donor called and gave us $5000 – more than we needed to cover the additional water costs. We finished the project in Mareu in record time and at first rainfall, it poured. Within days of the rains coming, the systems were full and the village is now enjoying clean drinking water. Thank you Felista for your courage and perseverance.
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