During his recent visit to Dono-Manga, Chad Rambi was able to see the well drilling operation now in progress first hand. Here is a portion of his report.
“I am happy to report that work is going on at the sites visited, new wells constructed in spite of the occasional hitches experienced by the drillers due
to mechanical failures that some of the machines developed which are also then fixed immediately by a team of experts. I had a meeting with a senior government official responsible for the operation Mr. Lorbey Matthias who assured me that they are expecting a delivery of two additional drilling rigs to help speed their work. The depth of the wells being drilled is generally between 65-75 meters (215-250 ft.), and they are using 150m-capacity rigs, they also deploy the use of both dragging and hammering beats in the terrain. They have 5-bare compressors, pipes of different sizes and hand pumps among other equipments. He applauded the efforts of Hope Springs International for stepping forward to assist rural communities, and reaffirms the government’s commitment to our partnership.
Furthermore, in my separate meetings with both The Chairman of Dono-Manga together with some members of his council and the water drilling official, all gave serious commitments that there will be an automatic waver when/if Hope Springs is in a position to buy and ship rigs to Chad,(see comments below), this they say will be the first of such efforts done by any NGO in the country since the return of normalcy after a protracted civil war that devastated the country. The country is still undergoing the process of reconstruction, with meager resources at its disposal, that government can do only very little.”
I mentioned in a recent report that the only other drilling operation in this nation is a commercial group that charges over $6,000 to drill one well and they operate only in the northern part of Chad. Because of the relationship we have established with the Chadian government we can drill wells for only $1,000. While much below the normal cost these are not cheap shallow wells, but deep, well constructed wells that will last for many, many years and provide clean safe drinking water for thousands and thousands of people.
This is such a great opportunity that we must take advantage of it while it is available. These wells are also opening doors to enable our ministers on the field to establish new churches and reach hundreds of people who have never heard the name of Jesus. When the 17 wells being drilled now are completed we do not know how long it will be until we can get the government drilling crew back in our area, so it is urgent that we raise funds now for additional wells. The drillers have agreed to stay in Dono-Manga as long as we are able to provide funds for more new wells. Can you help us with the remaining 28 wells still needed for Dono-Manga?
We are also working on a program to provide portable drilling equipment that can be transported on a trailer
behind a pickup truck and can be operated by just two men. This is an exciting new dimension to our work that you will be hearing more about it in the days ahead.
Most anywhere else in Africa it would cost thousands of dollars to drill just one well. We can do it for only $1000. Each well will meet the needs of
over 2000 people, their crops and their animals for many years to come. You can change and save lives for only 50 cents per person. Send you donations today to Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075 or donate online at www.hopespringsint.com.