L+W- You are now partnered with Quiksilver- what has that been like?
L+W- I understand also that you stay in the areas where you build wells for as long as it takes to help them build sustainable communities.
L+W- How often do you tend to return to one area before leaving the work entirely in their hands?
TA- It was in a village called Mangalae when we had a meeting with the local women to find out what they needed. We had just done the ‘walk for water’ with them, which was a 3.4 mile walk to the Ruaha River, a terribly dirty source of water. When we sat with them afterwards, we asked them how they felt about getting a new well and whether they would take care of it. One woman said that they would build a wall around it and padlock it and guard it with their lives because clean water is like gold to them. While we were having these conversations there was a woman staring at Alexi and me with such love that I just burst into tears. It was that moment that I realized the impact we were having. As I said earlier it’s easy to become desensitized to what we are doing when we’re focusing on how to raise money, how to get the next well drilled, and all of the logistics involved in planning. But moments like that really serve as a reminder that our work is paying off. It’s really moving.