A Year Later: "I want to say plenty, plenty thanks to you!

February, 2024

A year ago, your generous donation helped the Rokula Community in Sierra Leone access clean water – creating a life-changing moment for Mary. Thank you!

A Year Later:

Farmer and waterpoint caretaker Mary Kabbia, 39, recalled what life was like in the Rokula Community before her community's well was implemented last year.

"My name is Mary Kabbia of Rokula Community. Before the intervention, we were suffering greatly to get clean water. At that time and before that time, we were suffering from diseases in the likes [of] diarrhea and cholera," said Mary.

"During [the] rainy season, rainwater was the best water for us to drink. During [the] dry season, that is, the same unprotected water we use to drink, [do] laundry, and use for domestic purposes. We were finding [it] difficult to perform ablution when it's time for prayer, and our men sometimes got angry at us for not cooking early," continued Mary.

Collecting water is now much faster and easier for Mary and the other community members in Rokula.

"There's no more sickness like diarrhea and cholera in this community. Our husbands now use this safe drinking water to drink, and we also use this safe drinking water for domestic purposes, laundering our clothes, holding ablution, and any water activities in our village. We are very happy to have this safe drinking water, and we say thanks to you," said Mary.

Having ready access to water from the well has made a difference for Mary, allowing her time to attend to other important things like her family and farming.

"I have achieved good things in my life from the time you handed over this water well to us. My husband eats on time now. Our children go to school earlier and are now saved from going anywhere to fetch water. So I want to say plenty, plenty thanks to you!" Mary concluded.

Mary watering her garden.

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