Journey Through Mali
By Amanda Hill
26 Apr 2007
Have you ever lived in a place that is so completely different from your home? As I live, work, and eat with the people of my village, I learn what it means to love.
Day in and day out, the women are the backbone of the village. They wake up before dawn to boil water over hot coals, pull water from the wells, and pound millet for breakfast. The women work in the fields during the harvest, plant, water, and pick their crops. The men are trusted to operate the machines for tilling the earth, or to tailor garments.
The children have so little, yet are so happy. Their faces are bright and smiling in the midst of extreme poverty. They love to make games out of everyday objects, just like any child. The older girls help their mothers in the field and with the cooking. They work hard so they will be married and have a family of their own.