It has been many weeks since I last sent an update. Despite this your un-ending contributions have not stopped. I want to thank you all fromthe bottom of my heart ❤ and share the last message from Sr Fiona who has been out in the fields where the work is happening with tree planting and borehole repairs. Since September we have continued to collect funds amongst other things, to repair 56 boreholes in Jigawa state and 9 in Kano.
Salaam alaykum wa rahmatu Allah wa barakatu sis,
Today I visited some of the Jigawa boreholes that we have repaired. Subhana Allah sis it was touching.
I was the first non-African they had seen. The live subsistence lives. Barely anything from outside the village was in the village. One boy about 12 years old screamed and ran away when someone suggested he shake hands with me.
I love these kids taking a ride on the standard cart. Those rubber tyres are from outside the village
They prayed so copiously and freely and one man came out and forced a measure of beans into our hands. Tafarki, the field worker, deserves them. I got a good idea of the work he does for the love of Allah and the people: he borrows a motorbike to go out into the hinterland, some places on tracks and trails where cars have never been.
We came across an ancient tree where ancient men sat in the dark, cool shade. Such a tree could be a classroom or a masjid. The air was sweet beneath it. I believe is was something like a moreton bay fig with the aerial roots growing down.
Without the boreholes there are only muddy ponds remaining after the short rainy season.
The cattle are fat because they have been fed the lost foliage of the tall cereals that have died before they ripened. Around the boreholes there is life! Most villages have bananas now thriving in the spilled water.
Sis, they even love our stickers so much that they have picked them off, leaving only the cleanish rectangle where it was.
These last two photos show a Borehole that Sr. xxx Ali has paid for.
This one has not functioned for four years. The settlement of about 250 households (pop. c. 1500) has not had any visitors other than relatives in all that time. Their subsistence farming is exactly that.
For all these years they have been sending donkeys with Jerry cans and clay pots across 10km of savannah to collect water which settles overnight so the sediment is removed.
What relief has come to them today! And such prayers for the people who make loans to Allah SWT in this way.
Their lives have changed. They won't be making this journey several times a day any more.
They won't be hauling the water, hand over hand, out of the depths of the earth.
For those of us who never had to put in this kind of effort for water, we don't understand what it means, to take the long walk of faith, obedience, worship, good deeds. We expect our religion to be as easy as turning on a tap.
In the photos you see people of pure faith. Their prayers have been answered and their lives are changed.