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Three Gifts That Transformed a Village

Mbana worked hard to provide for her children, but for years she struggled to earn even a dollar a day. Sometimes tea was all they had for dinner, but even getting clean water was difficult. What kind of future could her children have in this ... Read Transcript


Reporter: BONA WORKS

HARD EVERY DAY TO PROVIDE

FOR HER CHILDREN.

BUT FOR YEARS, SHE STRUGGLED

TO EARN EVEN A DOLLAR A

DAY.

THE MONEY WAS NEVER

REALLY ENOUGH BECAUSE I KNEW

THAT A LITTLE WAS BETTER

THAN NOTHING, SO I CONTINUED

DOING THE JOBS.

THERE WERE TIMES WE HAD

NOTHING AT ALL AND RAN OUT

OF FOOD COMPLETELY.

I WOULD PREPARE FEED FOR THE

CHILDREN BECAUSE THAT WAS

ALL WE HAD.

Reporter: AND BONA TOLD

ME SHE WANTED HER CHILDREN

TO GO TO SCHOOL SO THEIR

LIVES COULD BE DIFFERENT,

BUT THEY COULDN'T.

MANY OF THE CHILDREN IN

THIS AREA WERE NOT GOING TO

SCHOOL BECAUSE THERE ARE TOO

MANY ELEPHANTS THAT ROAM

HERE FREELY.

IT WAS TOO DANGEROUS.

Reporter: TO MAKE

THINGS EVEN WORSE, GETTING

WATER WAS DIFFICULT, TOO.

WE ALL WALKED MILES TO

GET DIRTY WATER.

MANY OF US SUFFERED

BACKACHES BECAUSE WE CARRIED

WATER ON OUR BACKS OR HEADS

FROM THAT LONG DISTANCE.

Reporter: WHEN

"OPERATION BLESSING" LEARNED

ABOUT HOW HARD IT WAS FOR

FAMILIES HERE TO SURVIVE, WE

CAME UP WITH A PLAN TO MAKE

EVERYONE'S LIVES EASIER AND

MORE PRODUCTIVE.

FIRST WE BUILT A SCHOOL.

AND NOW HER SON HAS AN

OPPORTUNITY TO GET AN

EDUCATION.

WE ALSO STARTED A FARMING

PROGRAM.

SOME PEOPLE GROW FOOD FOR

THEIR FAMILIES, WHILE

OTHERS, LIKE BONA, TAKE MOST

OF WHAT THEY GROW TO SELL IN

THE MARKET.

AND WE DUG A WELL AND GAVE

THEM CLEAN WATER CLOSE TO

HOME.

LIFE IS MUCH EASIER AND

BETTER NOW.

MY CHILDREN GO TO SCHOOL AND

LEARN.

WE HAVE ALL OF THE WATER WE

NEED, AND I'M EARNING MONEY

IN THE MARKET.

MY GOAL IS TO SAVE ENOUGH TO

BUY A GOAT SO MY CHILDREN

CAN HAVE FRESH MILK.

Reporter: AND BONA IS

SO GRATEFUL FOR THE HELP SHE

HAS BEEN GIVEN, WE WANTED TO

SEE THAT DREAM COME TRUE, SO

WE BOUGHT HER A GOAT, TOO.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

ALL OF US HERE THANK GOD FOR

"OPERATION BLESSING."

YOU HAVE GIVEN OUR PEOPLE SO

MUCH.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU.

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