Meet Evelyn from MalawiHow many 5-year-olds do you know who can run a household? For most of her early childhood, Evelyn split her time between tending to her 3-year-old brother, maintaining an orderly home, and fetching each day’s supply of water from a distant well. The logistical difficulties her duties posed kept her from attending school, and kept her rooted in the present, without a reason to imagine what might come next.

After her community in Malawi mobilized to drill a new well right outside her door, Evelyn was able to apply her innate determination to her own development, instead of her chores, and is now the first to arrive at school each day, where she’s among the top in her class.

As a motivated member of her community, Evelyn’s value has expanded beyond the boundaries of her own home, as she shares her views during meetings, and serves as a beautiful example of the unlimited potential we embody when we support one another. Poised as ever, she tells us, “I once had no vision of my future. Now I have hope for what my future can be.”

She’ll turn 9 later this year.

In 2017, 69 wells were drilled in Outreach-affiliated communities, giving 11,895 people access to clean water, and ensuring kids like Evelyn can attend school, rather than tending to housework.

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