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   A visit to several remote village communities in the bush in Benin, in January 2002


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   1 en 2)  Getting ready to set out on the trip.   

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   3)  Initially we follow the main national road. This is Benin's main traffic artery between Natitingou and the border with Burkina Faso. Once we leave this road things change dramatically. We advance very slowly, bumping and shaking our way along smaller roads in very bad condition. We encounter more and more women carrying typical heavy loads on their heads. Wij proceed to the homely little villlage of Ouri-Yori, a place we already visited in 1999.

4 - 9)  The financial aid package which we had sent these people in 2001 had been used as intended to build a lovely little villlage church with a seating capacity of 150 people.

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10)  On arrival just about the entire village community came out to meet us, singing and dancing to express their joy at our coming.

11 - 16)  Subsequently, we witnessed a heart warming celebration in the church, accompanied with much singing, dancing and clapping of hands. There were prayers and speeches and even presents for the guests.


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17 - 21)  After the celebrations in church the happy and festive gathering carried on in the compound next to the church, with much singing and dancing and expressions of friendship. The entire village community of Ouri-Yori had donned their very best attire in honour of this gathering.
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22)  A snapshot in honour of  those villagers who participated in the building of this church.

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23)  The visit nears its conclusion with a meal offered to us at the residence of the village chief.

      24 - 31)  In conclusion, a visit to the village proper.




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   32 - 35)  On the way home we passed several water wells. On can well imagine how very important these water wells are in a country where it does not rain at all during 10 months of the year.   

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36 - 37)  Good water wells are scarce. Consequently this obliges many women to walk great distances daily, carrying water in heavy receptacles on their head.

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38 - 39)  In the village of Tangouari, people showed us the old well containing polluted water. Many children had become ill because of this.They begged us for help to drill a proper water well for safe drinking water.

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40)  On returning to Materi, we met with the local water well driller to discuss the particulars for drilling a new water well in Tankouari. He was asked to carry out a project analysis and the work was subsequently carried out.

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39 - 40)  The villagers at Tankouari are now the proud owners of a proper water well containing clean safe drinking water.

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