The team went to Roggie Village. How do we describe the abundance
we experienced there? God had great things in store for us. In general,
the health of the children had improved notably from one year ago
according to a self-professed non observant engineer (tongue in
cheek) – Mike Joyce! As the team arrived, the women, children
and livestock were gathered around the new well with smiles and
thank you’s. Each were filling their containers with crystal
clear water…one woman was cooling her feet in a wide street
of water, behind her were livestock drinking. There is 300 feet
of existing water in the well – the flow rate is 137 gallons
per minute. Hallelujiah!!!
The well is not functional at this point, however. There needs
to be a diesel powered generator, a building around that, a submersible
pump installed, 2500 feet of pipeline installed, 2500 gallon elevated
storage tank and one 6 faucet distribution station. What this means
is that it is possible for 4,000 people in this small village to
have water. This is only a well casing that is capable of pumping
water. That would take another 2 to 3 months.
The team then visited the school which was built by MPPC through
HOPE which is celebrating its third year – now up to 150 kids.
Eliza uncovered an unknown calling as she stumbled into a classroom
with no teacher, began doing multiplication problems on the classroom
– such as 9 x 6 – to 7 to 9 year olds. There were 50
kids in the class, all very well-behaved, answering these questions!
The classes of younger children received new uniforms especially
made for each child. We brought school supplies for 150 kids –
thank you, Mothers Together! Even after a month and a half, they
knew the entire English alphabet and can do simple addition, and
knew all the parts of the face in English, plus their colors.
MPPC & Moms Together sponsored the purchase of 3 mountain bikes
for the 3 teachers to commute each day their 7 kilometer journey
– which saves probably an hour of travel on foot. Mike’s
Bikes donated 3 bike pumps. Immediately, the teachers got on excitedly
and one remarked “now, I’ll be on time!”
We also brought soccer balls to share and enjoyed playing with
the men from the village. They seemed to prefer volleying the balls
– perhaps because they were so new? This was the first time
that the men from the village seemed interested in interacting with