An Update on Amedichi
Words by Treana Peake
"The village has blossomed in every respect – the gardens, the women, the children…they’re all thriving.”
More than 300 million people in Africa don’t have access to clean water. We have the power to help change that. Meet our Scarves for Water program; each village is assigned a scarf colour and when 500 scarves are sold, the Obakki Foundation will drill a well, giving the community access to clean water.
To date our programs have brought water to over 2 million people and we are just getting started.
In 2015, after selling 500 INK scarves, Amedichi’s water well was drilled immediately and the women set to work, planting their gardens the very next day, which soon prospered due to the new access to clean water.
We recently returned to Amedichi to check in and see how the community was doing.
“The village has blossomed in every respect – the gardens, the women, the children…they’re all thriving.”
“The vibrancy of Amedichi was pure inspiration,” said Treanna, founder of the Obakki Foundation. “The village has blossomed in every respect – the gardens, the women, the children.. they’re all thriving.”
It didn’t end there, the women of Amedichi were determined to transform their current challenges into future opportunities. So they formed a collective that focused on generating income from their gardening projects while also planning for future developments.
The leader of the collective in the village of Amedichi is a brave and compassionate woman named Rebecca. She refuses to be a burden on others and leads by powerful example by showing the woman how therapeutic it can be to work hard and build something together.
“we believe our vulnerability should not stop us.”
“Our village, made up of women and orphans, has the mind and the will to make ourselves sustainable” she said, “we believe our vulnerability should not stop us.”
With a stable source of clean water, Amedichi has grown and created a school with plans to construct a road that connects their village to the nearest town. In a country that has only 190 miles of paved roads, this is incredible.
With their success, Amedichi has become a village of real transformation, and it is all due to the women who refused to give up.
The village bought a mango tree (pictured above) for us to plant together as a symbol of our partnership and connection. “As we plant this mango tree, and as it grows and produces fruit, we will remember you. You will be a part of us, and our children, forever.”
“As we plant this mango tree, and as it grows and produces fruit, we will remember you.”
Rebecca turned to Treanna, and continued, “When you are an old lady, you will be able to come and sit under your tree with your grandchildren, for our village is now your home.”
With our Scarves for Water program, a village in South Sudan is assigned a scarf colour and when we sell 500 colours, a water well is drilled in the corresponding village. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who bought the INK scarf. Thanks to you, everything seems a little brighter and louder and happier in Amedichi.
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