Dedication ceremonies for new boreholes in the villages of Sansani and Powishi Mongoro were held on September the 15th. Our Director of Operations for Africa, Rambi Aayla, was instrumental in planning these successful events and filed the following report.
“Sir, the events of Friday rekindled my commitment to this sacrificial service to humanity. Let me start from the activities leading to the main event of the dedication of the wells. I had meetings with community leaders in both Sansani and Powishi Mongoro for proper preparation. Thereafter letters were sent inviting all the dignitaries from state government officials, local government officials and the traditional rulers.
Sansani: What a big blessings it is to have the well there. Beginning from Wednesday 11-Saturday 14, Christians numbering over 3000 converged in
Sansani for their annual District Youth Conference, the new borehole was put to use for them throughout this period. From the onset one of the reason the community leaders gave for their decision for the well to be sited within the church premises is that during such gatherings they do face a serious water challenge. It truly gladdens my heart to see that thousands were blessed by the well.
On the day of the commissioning there were outpouring of goodwill messages from the top hierarchy of the church and the community. In his speech the chairman of ECWA (Evangelical
Church of West Africa) Rev. Gerson Fulani thanked HSI for providing the well, and prayed for God to bless Betty for her generous gift that made the well possible. On his part the village head of Sansani was full of gratitude for having this project started in his domain and prays that God replenish the giver’s purse.
Engineer Danmatata, who is a Director in the Ministry of water resources, pledged his government’s support to Hope Springs International in her operations. The Mai Tangle, His Royal Highness Dr. Abdu Buba Maisheru II called on the benefiting communities to reciprocate this gesture by taking good care of the borehole provided. He commended HSI for coming to the aid of the people of Sansani, and this he said will in no small measure assist in eradication of water related illnesses. He called on well-meaning citizens to emulate what HSI is doing.
Powishi Mongoro: Tears flowed freely as the people of Powishi Mongoro staged a drama to demonstrate their sixty years of
suffering without any reliable source of drinking water. Their spokesperson Yila said taking a bath was a rarity, which it turn made it difficult for their young men to get suitors for marriage because no lady would want to come and live in Powishi Mongoro. He further stated that when a lady marries in Powishi Mongoro she is given a donkey as a wedding present. This is to help her in the difficult task of searching for water that was faced in the community before the new borehole.
It was a very historic and record breaking accomplishment for Hope Springs being the NGO (Non-Government Organization) that brought to an end the misery of the inhabitants of Powishi Mongoro. The area has now become a mecca of sort as many people travel to see whether it is really true that there is water in that community. Mr. Zubairu Ahmad the District Head of Kalmai whose domain covers PM could not hide his joy, he was all smiles. He did not hesitate in calling on those who left PM because of the precarious water situation to return back there. Children like Samuel, mentioned in an earlier report, are ecstatic in celebrating their new found freedom. Sadly, they will still have to be traveling for miles to attend school because they do not have one yet in the village.
The women composed and sang a song whose central message was, “We are grateful to you Oh Lord, for you have mercifully heard our cries and at your own time brought HSI to bring our suffering to an end.” I also learned that before this time no one believed you could drill a well and get water here. This explains why HSI is now seen as an organization that has set a new record in this community in Gombe State.”
After the dedication of the second well, the group traveled to Konta, the drilling site of our third borehole. This is one of the villages that we visited during our visit in the fall of 2010.
“Komta: Just as we arrived in Komta we learned that the drillers
were successful in getting water. The entourage of his Royal Majesty met them flushing the well amidst celebration from members of the community. Like Powishi Mongoro, there has never been a borehole in Komta in its 50 year history. This is another major achievement by Hope Springs. The joy of the people is hard to put into words.
The story of the commissioning can hardly be told in just one write up. I can only say to God be the glory for what he has done in the life of people in these three communities.”
Through these three wells over 24,000 people now have access to clean and safe water. We still have a number of villages where we can drill new wells for only $3,000 each which is half the normal cost for a well. This is a wonderful opportunity for a church, Sunday school, business owner or entrepreneur to bring lasting change to one more village.