Meet Achan Tong

Achan tonj makes a basket in the village of Aker adoor. 

Achan tonj makes a basket in the village of Aker adoor. 

JANUARY 26, 2015
AKER ADOOR, WARRAP SOUTH SUDAN
WELL #10 SPONSORED BY MCC AND AVON MIDDLE SCHOOL
Achan came to the well on its third day in existence.
“I came to the well today because I need the water to soften the reeds for my basket. I will sell it with another one tomorrow at the market. I get 25 South Sudanese pounds ($5.00 US dollars) per each basket.


“I used to walk two hours to a well in another village for my drinking water. I had to go three or four times a day with my daughter and I could not spend any time making baskets. My husband died seven years ago and so I must do all the work to take care of my children and my compound. 

"Now that there is water close by, I can spend half my days making baskets and my daughter can go to school to become educated. Later today we will come back to the well to wash our clothes and collect water for dinner.”

Achan soaks the reeds needed for her basket. with a well nearby she will now have time to make and sell baskets, and her daughter can attend school.

Achan soaks the reeds needed for her basket. with a well nearby she will now have time to make and sell baskets, and her daughter can attend school.