This blog was originally posted on LittleRipples.org.
A typical day for Mairama is waking up and walking to the field. It takes about two hours to walk where she goes to collect wood to sell at the market. She spends her entire day in the field and usually comes back home around 4pm. Her older children, ages 14 and 16, accompany her to the field while the younger ones, ages 6 and 10, stay home to fetch water. When we asked her what she wishes most for her children, Mairama responded, “rice”.
After speaking with other mothers like Mairama in Bethanie, we quickly observed a need for Little Ripples – a program that will plant the seeds of education for this community.