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A Sub-committee to Help with the Well


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Jackson does move fast! He is back at Siana Springs camp where he works as a safari guide but he e-mailed me to say that the residents of Oltorotua village are forming a sub-committee to make decisions about well operation and routine maintenance. He wrote:

The residents of Oltorotua have discussed forming the Project Maintenance Committee.  Since it is the women who are involved more directly in collecting water in our community, it was agreed that women will count more than men in the committee.   I proposed that one of the women should chair the committee.

Susan Liaram, Jackson’s wife,  shared (through Jackson’s translation and with his support) that she would like to one day own a small business.  That can be only a dream so long as she, like other village women, must spend much of the day with fetching and boiling water, since the men are occupied with livestock and others, like Jackson, work away from the village.  As Jackson wrote me, with a well, women at Oltorotua who used to walk long distances to get water will have time to do other tasks and have energy to use their time and untapped skills.  Below is a picture taken just after Mereso Sanau became a big sister (summer 2009).


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2 comments to A Sub-committee to Help with the Well

  • Linda Hallinan

    Women in charge have been very successful in Africa –as well as the rest of the world!

  • Hey, I agree. There wouldn’t be a social justice committee at our church without women. 🙂 On a more serious note, one if admire is Wangari Maathai. She is a continuing source of inspiration for women and Africans seeking to grow a better world. There is so much in this world to be done that both men and women’s energies are needed.