Neema Shares the Water
Neema Shares the Water
Every day the women and children from our village where we live in
Africa walk down the hill to a small ditch that runs through the
banana trees to haul water up the hill to their homes. From our porch
at Neema we can watch them carrying the water on their heads up the
hill as they walk along our fence line.
It can’t be too hard, even small children can do this without
spilling a precious drop!
Water really is life, especially when you live in a land with so
little of it. Out in the Maasai villages there is no running water,
not in the houses and not in the streams. It’s dry and dusty and
overgrazed with cattle.
These little children are not able to take a bath every night in a tub
full of water. Can you imagine how good that would feel for these two
dusty little boys. Women walk 3 to 5 miles a day to get water to
drink and make their food. Our trips out to the villages to check on
babies who have returned home or to take food to our outreach babies
like the twins (below) can make you long for a tall cool glass of
Neema hit water at 95 feet when we drilled our well last year and,
Thank You God, we have clear, running water at the baby home. Can you
imagine our nannies hauling water on their heads from a stream to wash
diapers and clothes for 46 plus babies and to fix the endless supply
of bottles our babies drink every day? Shivers the mind doesn’t it!
Most water in our part of Africa is full of E. coli and chloroform
bacteria and the water from our well seems to have more than its share
of those two ornery organisms. So we are trying to treat the water
with two systems, one to purify the water and one to take out the
excess Fluoride which would make our babies have brown teeth. For
the tiny babies we still use bottled water that we order from the
store in large 10 gallon jugs.
Since our well is located at the bottom of the hill in the banana
grove and not on our fenced property, we had to buy a small plot of
land in the middle of a neighbor’s banana field to drill the well.
Women wash clothes in the ditch close to our well site. You can just
barely see the water in the ditch but its there and the woman in the
picture to the right is getting her clothes amazingly clean.
Our new home is located inside the city limits of Arusha but there is
no water delivery to homes in our area. There are a couple of spigots
that stick up out of the ground at the bottom of the hill where the
city turns on the water a few days a week. The women gather around
with their buckets and haul water on their heads to their homes.
The newspaper reported that some women from the poorer areas of
Arusha, like our Moivaro area, objected to the wealthy parts of town
getting water every day while their area does not get water every day.
So the women organized a protest and walked through the downtown
streets with empty water buckets on their heads.
Neema comes to the rescue! We are now sharing our water from the well
with the local villagers. We have placed two 2,000 liter tanks in the
village and are so grateful to those of you who helped us get the well
so that we could share the water with our neighbors. I know the
village women are grateful too.
Two make that Three sets of twin girls!
Two sets of twin baby girls have come to Neema in the last few weeks.
Mercy and Mary and Alice and Anneth are living at Neema now. But nine
month old twin girls who weigh only 8 pounds each are still in the
hospital and not in good enough condition to come home to Neema. The
two in the hospital were abandoned and their eight year old sister was
trying to care for them. The babies were almost starved. They need
your prayers and with all the new babies we certainly need your help
to care for these six new babies.
Go to www.neemavillage.org and click on “Sponsor a Baby.”
Sponsorships start at $30 a month but it takes $300 a month to keep a
baby at Neema. We appreciate any amount that you can help.
May God bless you with cool clear water today!
Dorris and Michael