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That particular blog is written by Ruston High School teacher and area resident Jill Murphy, who has spent the better half of the past year raising money so a well can be built for a village in Africa. One well costs $18,000, and that’s not exactly pocket change. Murphy knew she could give $10, $20 or a greater amount, but she wanted to contribute even more. Therefore, she grabbed her yellow backpack, some bottles of water and set to work.

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