There are moments that we try to visualize the struggles of others, but it’s so far removed from our own reality that we can’t truly see it. Then when their struggle is over something that we know is required for survival and often something we take for granted, we really just can’t get it.
Hope Springs International received the following letter from Rambi Ayala our Director of Operations for Africa in Gombe, Nigeria who sees these struggles first hand and desires to see a difference made.
It is hard to even imagine how a three year old could join older siblings in search of a very critical essential commodity for the
survival of the entire family (WATER). When I visited the sleepy villages of Jauro Malam and Garin Babuga, situated along Gombe-Yola road, with an estimated population of 5,000 inhabitants, what I saw was quite unbelievable. They have been drinking water from a well that was dug over forty years ago. The well in question is about 105 feet deep and it was dug manually by the community with crude implements as I learned.
Kabir and Zulai are two little children about three years old who found themselves confronted with the daily chores of fetching water from this well at Jauro Malam Village.
According to Gurama Alhaji Adamu, one of the community leaders I spoke to, the well has been their only source of water for survival complemented by some ponds they dug. The only time they enjoy clean water is during the rainy season when they will collect rain drops into a container and store. It is the same well they use to water their animals and cassava farms. Ironically, the villages of Jauro mallam and Garin Babuga are just about 30 km away from Gombe, the state capital of Gombe State. Gurama Alhaji Adamu lamented that they live close to civilization but they are still far away from it.
Drawing water from this well is a very challenging task, when I tried it; it was as though I had run a 100meter race and my palm began to ache. This is what the people of Jauro Malam go through with “ease” both young and old. The effect of the rope used for drawing the water had already worn away the metal pipe and from the pictures you can see where the wood replacement is also beginning to wear away. The color and stench that come out of the water are just indescribable; yet God in his mercies sustains them with it.
The hard-working people of Jauro Malam and Babuga, who incidentally are all Muslims, use the water they have not only for
drinking, but raising their animals and watering their cassava crops during the 9 month long dry season.
If at least two wells (boreholes) are provided to these communities, it will surly change their life-style forever.”
As I read this letter, I couldn’t imagine such young children in a world that required them to perform tasks that a grown man struggled with. I couldn’t imagine a village so close to civilization, yet so primitive. Just because I can’t imagine it does not change the harsh reality of the struggle daily for survival.
We have the chance to change this reality. You and I can change the lives of children like Kabir and Zulai forever. We can provide them with the necessary wells that take the strain off of just trying to survive. You and I can show them that although we have never had to haul water from a dirty hole in the ground, we can imagine it and we can change it.
Help us be the change in reality these people so desperately need. Help us change lives one village at a time.
For less than the price of a worn out used car you can provide clean water to thousands of people. This is a great project for a youth group or a whole church. Maybe you are an individual whom God has blessed and you would like to pay it forward by blessing other. Donations may be mailed to: Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075, or made on line through PayPal at our website: http://www.hopespringsint.com.
BY Alycia Neighbors, Volunteer Staff Writer.