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The Incredible Myra's Wells - Burkina Faso
We were contacted by a lovely lady looking to buy some knitted cardigans for babies in Burkina Faso, one of Africa's poorest countries. We told her to visit us to see if we could help - this has now become a bit of a mission for us now that we have heard exactly what the local charity she represents does for these children...
Due to a tragic road accident, a man called Eddie was left wanting to do something special in memory of his wife. He visited a school near the Burkina Faso capitol and was appalled that the children had no fresh water to drink, having to make a four mile journey just to fetch dirty water. He decided to help initiate a well building program which has turned into a labour of love and providing the water so desperately needed.
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Along with his African school teacher friend Christine, Eddie decided that once the children had their water, then they needed more schooling and provision to be able to get an education and more support in the form of basic items that we take for granted - hence now sending out containers of aid which he and his wife Karen have often physically accompanied on the gruelling trek to Africa. Here the dried food, clothing, blackboards, exercise books, pencils, shoes, bedding, even vehicles and spare parts, finds their way to the children and their families and to an orphanage in the Village of Hope.
We were delighted to have the opportunity to meet CHRISTINE, the school teacher from the Zongo school, who came to the UK and explained the school system and how she has 535 children taught in only 6 classrooms - it was a great insight into their lives and her dedication to the children in her village and their families.