‘The transformation started when we faced a very difficult time,’ says Edna. It began when a pastor from nearby, Francinaldo, visited the community. ‘He saw our struggles and had many conversations with our local church.’
With ACEV's help, Pastor Francinaldo launched a programme to bring water to the village. But first there was a lot of ground to prepare...
‘It's not about drilling a well, but developing a community,’ says Lindon Carlos from ACEV. ‘It takes time to bring everyone together. There is much work to be done before drilling can start.’ Lindon explained that while building a well is the result, building the community is the hardest part. ‘That takes time, but lasts for an eternity.’
After the community had been brought together, they identified the best place to drill a well. It was a kilometre outside Edna's neighbourhood. But ACEV's work uniting the community paid off...
‘Everyone came together,’ Edna remembers. ‘It was very far, and hard work to dig and lay the pipes. But it was our handiwork that made it happen. It took around a month to complete.’
Now, every home in the community (around 30) has a nearby water source. Children are able to go to school, and villagers can use the water to irrigate the land, grow crops and rear animals to sell.
The whole community united for a day of celebration. ‘It was a party,’ says Edna. ‘It was the best celebration ever. There was singing and dancing. It was freedom!’