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  •  My dad was 32, mom *almost 21 in 1989 when they (2+ / 0-)
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    Sadly, women are usually the ones who go down to the river to bring the heavy buckets of water back to their home. In the picture I took, you'll notice that they are all boys except one little girl.
    The pump we built changed the attitudes that a lot of the young boys had about getting water. Not because it was supposed to be a girls activity but because they think it's fun lifting and lowering the lever. The boys will grow up and have at least two wives as their father and grandfathers did. (They are my cousins through my grandfather's second wife so I'm very distantly related to them) The little girl will be married by 14 and have at least two children before she reaches her twenties. I'm the same age as my mom when she came had had her first child and I cannot even imagine myself in her shoes. It's safe to say that I will be putting off marriage until my late twenties at the earliest.
    Thanks for reading

    We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing. Louisa May Alcott

    by YoungArizonaLiberal on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 04:43:32 PM PST

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    •  see, I thought so ... (2+ / 0-)
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      ladybug53, YoungArizonaLiberal

      almost 20 years of difference ... When my husband was a child it was in the early fifties and at that time no pumps in his village, just the river and according to oral history of his sisters, only girls carried the water (on their heads in buckets), and the girls cooked at age eight for their elder brothers, uncles and assisted the other women.

      Lots of things have changed from that upbringing to the upbringing in the seventies.

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