Over the last few months our Director of Operations Rambi Ayala has been working with government officials and local drilling companies in Gombe State, Nigeria to negotiate the best price for drilling a well. When we moved our base of operation here almost three years ago we realized there was a great need in many of the rural villages for potable water. We have been able to reach
an agreement with the local drilling company to drill wells in 4 to 6 villages for only $3,000 each. The $3,000 dollar price is half the normal charge of $6,000. The targeted villages are those with the greatest need for clean water.
Due to the generosity of a lady in Texas we began drilling the first well in the village of Sansani on August 5th. This village and surrounding areas have a population of 15,000 people. Their only water source before we arrived was a shallow well dug by hand in February of 1945, 4 months before I was born, 68 years ago. This shallow well was often contaminated by seepage of unclean ground water resulting in sickness and death.
I received a phone call from Rambi this morning (August 6th.) with the news that the well is finished and clean water in available in Sansani Village! The drillers worked through the night and finished at 3:30am.
The new well is sealed and has a hand pump. This is so much better that the sections of inner tubes sewn into a makeshift bucket lowered by rope and them drawn up by hand.
The other villages needing a well are of similar size and are faced with the same challenges as the people in Sansani Village.
This is a wonderful opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of
thousands of people in need. There are many ways to help but one of the greatest is to make a donation yourself and then spread the word to your friends, your church group or neighbors. All donations for wells will be used for wells. You may give at our website: www.hopespringsint.com or by mail to Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075.