It took until the next day for the sim tanks to fill (quietly and without any fanfare), and then the water began flowing to the different distribution points throughout Iyoli. In the morning, we opened the taps and word spread throughout the village that they could come and fill their buckets.

I have dreamed about this day and wondered if it would ever happen. But it did, and I quietly moved around the village with my camera and took pictures of people gathering water from the distribution points.

And the emotional intensity from the challenges we faced dissolved in the water as it flowed.