February 22, 2013
That was expected. Money was raised, plans were made, well was drilled, and water was provided. It wasn't as easy as it sounds, but expected nonetheless.
So, this year as we strolled down to see the pump on the property, I was surprised to hear that we were going to see the new water point provided just off site for the village. I vaguely remembered hearing that they would be able to provide water, as a ministry, to the surrounding village, but it was forgotten in all of the other excitement.
I feel confused often during our time in Ethiopia. Language, culture, life...it's confusing sometimes.
This group knew we were taking this tour and got together to thank us. Complete with a coffee ceremony and speech. An unforgettable moment and completely unexpected.
It's the ripple that everyone talks about. Make a change somewhere and it has far reaching effects. We raised money to get clean water for the kids. Since the water was there, clean water was provided for the village. The village women were walking miles each day with jugs to get clean water from the nearest water point. Usually, if a child was in the family, the chore would fall to them. A chore that would require most of the day, walking miles to the water point, then lugging a jug full of gallons of water back home. Imagine the freedom and delight when this water point began functioning! Their long line of jugs waiting to be filled was beautiful.
So my big take away from this trip? I love, love, love the children. I adore visiting friends at the carepoints and delight in spending hours with the Hopechest staff. Those are the reasons I love going on the trip. I expect those things. But seeing a group of women whose lives have been radically changed because of the work at the carepoint? Totally unexpected.
A beautiful ripple.