from the field: Tigray, Ethiopia

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At about one p.m. today, I had the distinct honor of officially opening a charity: water well in Tigray, Ethiopia sponsored through the Saks Fifth Avenue campaign.

More than 600 people greeted us with an hour and a half of singing, dancing, drumming and speeches.
The women told us they used to walk 1.5 hours to a dirty water source. A young girl from the nearby school said she used to have to pull leeches from her water.

Not anymore.

That young girl now walks only seven minutes to the well, which is serving the people of May Woyni, and also a nearby school we visited where 800 students attend.
The men, women and children here are now drinking clean and safe water.

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