Mangagou in the South was next. Near to the Ghana border and home to many of the Fulani people. After a long and tiring journey we arrived in this village. It is large and spread out with many compounds housing extended families, many of them with at least 30 -50 people. One family had 36 children, the man of the house had 6 wives! One of the wives was at the well doing the washing, there was a huge amount of it as you can imagine.
Some of the Pastor’s children were at school, it is a walk of over an hour and the children take turns to go to school as it is so full. One of the girls was at home and brought us some water – it was clear and sparkling from the well.
The local people here have begun to use the availability of water to develop horticulture. The pastor lost a lot of his crops the first year as he had not grown anything before. When we went he had tomatoes, carrots and mangoes. He had visited a village a day’s walk away and asked for advice, a determined man.