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The 4 Things I Will Not Miss About Africa

I am always sad when I get ready to leave Africa. The people and experiences here are amazing, but there are 4 things I will not miss: 1. The urge to do dumb things There are so many opportunities to feel like a kid and do things that are not smart, like balancing on a small log over a contaminated water source, but I can’t help myself. Full disclosure, I did ask someone to hold… … Continue reading

Why Uganda is Good for Wally’s Prayer Life

It has been a few years since I have been to Uganda, and it is so nice to be back. The people are soft spoken and kind, and joy is prevalent, even though they are surrounded by poverty.   As we started the 6 hour car ride to Rukungiri, I began to pray for a safe trip. That is because traveling on the roads here is a constant game of “chicken” with only inches, at times, separating you from… … Continue reading

Why is This Little Girl Laughing at Wally?

If Wally had to sum up his day in Africa using song titles, here’s what he would have to say! Walk Like a Rwandan That would definitely be the theme song for today as we got a little taste of what it is like to walk down the incredibly steep hills, that even mountain goats think people are crazy to use, to get water. Walking 2 hours for water is a way of life in… … Continue reading

An American guide to the Do’s and Don’ts of African Church

We got to go to a traditional church service in a small village here in Rwanda and I can tell you it is very different from our services in the states. To help you understand it better I created a list of do’s and don’ts for an African church service. Don’t bring a watch. No one else has one or cares about beating the crowd to Chili’s. So, settle in. You are going to be… … Continue reading

Bekah from the Wally Show is a Terrible Person

“I’m a terrible person.”   That’s been the second thing on my mind for the better part of a week now. The first thing on my mind has been all of my own problems.  #firstworldproblems I am the best of the best when it comes to throwing pity parties. Getting a cold before the trip? I better start feeling sorry for myself.  Uncomfortable airplane seats? I have the roughest life. My hair tie is too tight? How am I to survive!? I know… … Continue reading

The Cure to Feeling Forgotten

Feeling forgotten can be devastating. Their eyes pierced through me as if to reach into my soul. As I walked past these poor children, I was shocked that some of them only wore underwear and had no clothes or shoes to speak of. They watched our group of white Americans walk straight up to their neighbor, Vivian’s, front door. Vivian is a 7 year old girl who is a part of Compassion International in Ghana, Africa. As soon… … Continue reading

You might be surprised to learn YOU are living in Poverty

Who decided what poverty looks like? Who drew the line in the sand between the “have’s” and the “have not’s?” I’m sure there is some scientific reasoning behind it all. Something about how Poverty is generally the scarcity or the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money. That its a multifaceted concept, which includes social, economic, and/or political elements. But breaking it down to an everyday level, Poverty is most… … Continue reading

Here’s What Happens When Water Is Scarce

Everywhere we go in Zambia, we gather quite a crowd.  The kids follow us and, sometimes, are chased by us. I am guilty of that one. As we walk along the dirt paths in their village, we often stop to talk to the families about their different situations and more specifically about their water needs, since that is what Blood Water does best. Most will say, “we need safe water so our kids will not… … Continue reading

What Makes You Most Happy? Clean Water or Your iPhone?

Today was such a cool day and yet so frustrating to me. We went out to a drill rig to see a new well being dug. (My honey even got to help!) The really neat part is that, not only will a community get to use this, but it’s been placed right next to a school that was built in 2001. The frustrating thing is that just 200 feet from the school, you can see… … Continue reading

What Happens When Wally Tries to Build a Water Filter?

Two years ago when I was here in Zambia I got really sick when some contaminated water splashed in my mouth. I was so sick I did not get to build one of the life saving biosand filters. I can tell you today, after we built 20 of them, I wish I had called in sick. The work is back breaking for people like Johnny Safari (yes, that is his real name) who does this… … Continue reading