Her name is Balki Ali. Today her life is completely different than it was six months ago. Thanks to a group of students who partnered with us by carrying milk jugs filled with water around a mile long track here in Louisville, KY, the lives of a village in Niger, full of women like Balki are different. We are going to let you read her story as told to someone from Samaritan’s Purse, the organization which we partnered with.
My name is Balki Ali, and I am 26 years old. I am married, and I live in a village called Yaya. I am overjoyed about the construction of this new well in our village because I no longer have to walk for miles to reach the pond where I used to collect water. The journey was very long in the dry heat, and because it was so far, I had to fill huge containers each time I went to draw water. These containers are extremely heavy to carry when they are full of water, so it takes me even longer to return with them to my village. The water I collected from the pond was so dirty that you could not see through it in a bottle. It made me and my family sick.
Sometimes, I would try to go to the health center when their borehole was open. The water there is better, but the health center borehole is not always open or available for public use. To make things worse, even when the health center borehole was available, the lines to draw water were very long. All of the women form multiple villages would come, and it took at least half the day for me to finally get some water to bring home for that day alone. As a result, the other women and I never had time to engage in other activities that could supplement our income.
Today however, the new well that Samaritan’s Purse has constructed is right by our households. It is close to our homes and the water is clean and safe to drink. This changes my entire lifestyle. Now, I can bring safe water back to my family, and the other women, and I have enough free time to take care of and look after our homes as well as engage in other income-generating activities. I have time to make some handmade goods and sell them next to the other vendors on the side of the road to help e earn some money that I can use to take care of my family. We are overjoyed and grateful. Thank you Samaritan’s Purse!