This is Juliet’s Story:
Juliet is by far the friendliest lady in the whole of Africa, and one of the hardest working women we have had the pleasure of getting to know in the Nyakudya Village.
When Juliet was 19 she gave birth to triplets (And had to walk over 6 kilometres, whilst in Labour, to get to the rural clinic). Like most African cultures, it is the responsibility of the women to fetch water for the family + carry out many other duties in order to survive. To provide for her family of 7, Juliet walked at least 5 trips a day to fetch water, with a 20-litre bucket on her head each time. The local water collection point was an open shallow well.
Unfortunately, one of Juliet’s triplets developed a spinal disability which left her unable to live a normal childhood life. In her 18 years of life, she never attended a day of school because her bones hadn’t developed properly and she couldn’t walk. Growing up without an education, and relying purely on her mother’s basic education to teach her everything she knows was a huge responsibility on Juliet and one she didn’t have much time for.
On 25th September 2014, Juliet and her family had clean water for the first time ever in their life. OFL Drilled a borehole & installed a Manal Hand ‘Bush’ Pump less than 100 meters from their house, which means life is much easier for Juliet and the 52 other families that are using the new community pump! This means more time for important things like family, education, small business & earning an income.
The day we installed the pump was the “happiest day of their lives”. They now have life-changing clean water for the first time, which is the beginning of endless possibilities.