Tagori. Makira Province. Solomon Islands.
The gift of water. What a gift. To have clean drinking water flowing into our homes at the turn of a tap. It was something I definitely grew up thinking was normal but in reality that isn’t normal, that is privilege. Most of my time in the Solomons is spent accompanying my dear, water engineer of a husband on his current Makira water repair project with ADRA. This involves among other things work in 20 remote villages, many hours of carting pipes and fittings by boat and foot, and endless hours hiking the jungle to water sources, (plus the extra hours of treating infected jungle wounds).
Last week the taps were turned on in the first village. The village had been with out running water for 24 years. They are some of the lucker ones who had previously had water, most villages have never had running water and the women spend much of their days carting water from the sources. The village threw a celebration feast for the ADRA team. I love the way the Sollies party with fine local foods and a rally of speeches.