Thursday, January 25, 2007

Getting to know Tiembanga

Tiembanga is one of the villages in which we have seen the most change for the good. Families who used to be hungry and thirsty are now eating daily, have access to a well right in their village, and are even able to buy clothes every once in awhile. Thanks to the intervention of one of our partner organizations, and Tiembanga's willing and faithful participation, their lives have improved.

We took advantage of a culmination of several events to pay an afternoon visit to Tiembanga. Beth had a looming deadline to send photos and information on a "model family" to home office. Of course, Steve was her designated photographer, and Marie did the translating from the local language, Zarma. It had to go from Zarma to French, then Beth had to take it the final step to report it in English. Sound like the telephone game?

On top of all of this, our boss Mary and her husband Scott were in town, and Mary had brought her video camera to get village footage for various video projects we'll be putting together in the next few months. So we spent a busy couple of hours out in Tiembanga, with their full permission to ask as many questions, take as many pictures, and film as many videos as we needed.

Above: Mary, Harouna, and Marie, having just arrived in Tiembanga, introducing us to the villagers. Thankfully they graciously allowed us to catch a glimpse into their daily lives.

Below: Marie and Beth, mid-interview with the Ali family.


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