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Lasting Change One Village at a Time


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It is a new day for Samuel

Drilling has begun in Powishi Mongoro village.

Drilling has begun in Powishi Mongoro village.

The drilling rig has arrived in Powishi Mongoro village, and there will soon be a new borehole/well from which to draw water. I say new day because for as long as Samuel was big enough he has ridden his donkey carrying two “Jerry Cans” and gone in search of water.

Samuel’s village of seven thousand has no well. The only sources of water are small shallow hand dug ponds and low lying areas that gather water during the rainy season and then are quickly depleted when the long nine month dry season begins. When these

Samuel in search of water.

Samuel in search of water.

sources dry up, the search for water begins, sometimes consuming the major part of the day. Samuel’s family is one of the lucky ones; they have a donkey. Many have to make these long journeys on foot.

Samuel helping other gather water

Samuel helping other gather water

Jerry Cans holds five gallons of water and weighs about 40 lbs. Many from this village must travel two or more miles to and from there water source only to bring back water shared with animals and contaminated by animal waste and ground water runoff. Cholera epidemics are common in these areas where there is no reliable source of potable water. Unsafe drinking water is a major reason that 50% of children die before their 5th birthday without access to safe drinking water.

Here is Rambi Ayala report on the arrival of the well drilling machine.

Shallow ponds and low lying areas is the only source of water for this village of 7,000

Shallow ponds and low lying areas is the only source of water for this village of 7,000

“The staff and equipment arrived at Powishi Mongoro in readiness for the commencement of the borehole drilling. We praise God for it and covet your prayers for a successful drilling. The villagers couldn’t believe that it has become a reality for them to own a borehole. Samuel, one of the boys in the picture who was seen helping others at the pond was almost in tears in expressing his joy over the turn of event in their community, this will mean liberation for him from traveling long distances on donkey in search of water and drinking from the stagnant pond during the rainy season. Thanks to Hope Springs and the ever willing donors who are making this possible. Details to follow.” Rambi

Samuel's home

Samuel’s home

To those who give so sacrificially to make these wells possible here is God’s promise through Isaiah, “If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom by as the noonday.” 58:10

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Doubling the Blessing

???????????????????????????????Have you ever ordered yourself a meal and then found out you got a free dessert? How about receiving a gift you expected and then upon opening it discovered that the giver packed a little something else just to surprise you? It’s a wonderful feeling to be blessed more than you believed.

Hope Spring International is sending a blessing down to Dono-Manga, Chad in the form of a portable well drilling machine and a generator. This alone is more than a blessing to the people so desperate for clean water, but we have a chance to double that blessing in a unique way. Isn’t it wonderful when we see an opportunity that allows us to show the love, generosity and understanding of a people of Christ from across the ocean?

A shipping container containing this portable well drilling machine and generator will be on its way soon, but there is plenty of room left in this container for more blessings.

New rig has been tested and ready to ship!

New rig has been tested and ready to ship!

The school children in Dono-Manga, Chad are learning English and what if they were standing by the adults unpacking this equipment and saw loads of Children’s books, writing tablets, chalk, pens, pencils and other school supplies? How big do you think those children’s smiles would be to receive gifts?

Although this is easily accomplished by single contributions, Hope Springs International would like to issue a challenge to double the blessing to our communities, schools, churches and other groups who feel led to help us fill the empty spaces of the container with gifts of love.

Just a part of the 600+ kids in our school in Dono-Manga

Just a part of the 600+ kids in our school in Dono-Manga

Will you accept this challenge of a double blessing opportunity?

Meet with your groups and issue our call to action and let’s see if together we can fill these empty spaces and leave no room. If you would like to collect funds to apply to the purchase of these items, checks can be made to “Hope Springs International” and add “Double the Blessing” to the “For” line, then mail to 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075. You may also visit our website to donate through PayPal.: www.hopespringsint.com. You do not have to have a PayPal account to donate and will be given the opportunity to specify how you would like us to apply your donation. All donations will be used for the purpose you designate.

Our “double the blessing” list is as follows and needs to be collected by March 22, 2013:

  • French New Testaments ($1 each or a case of 48 for $50)
  • Children’s Books in English (new or used)
  • School Supplies (chalk, pen, pencils, writing tablets, etc.)

Collected supplies may be mailed to our address above. If you live in the greater Nashville area we will make arrangements to pick up your donations if the size is too large to ship. Call 615.390.2134 for more information.

by Alycia Neighbors

by Alycia Neighbors


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Crossfit Hendersonville to make last installment on pledge

In January of this year Lindsey McDuffie and the members of Crossfit Hendersonville made a commitment to provide $10,000.00 to help ship our new portable well drilling rig to Dono-Manga, Chad in Central Africa. In May they presented Hope Springs with a check for $6,000.00 and said they would have the rest by the end of September. This week I received an invitation from Lindsey to join them on Friday September 7th when they will present Hope Springs with their final installment.

May 2012 presentation.

Since 2009 Hope Springs’ projects have rehabbed 26 out-of-service wells, and drilled 35 new wells bringing clean water to an estimated 91,000 people. Shipping this new rig to Chad will enable us to drill many more wells in target villages throughout southern Chad. Each time we add a new well another 1500 people on average receive safe drinking water. We deeply appreciate the efforts of Lindsey McDuffie and CrossFit Hendersonville, and their decision to bring lasting change to a small part of our world. Click here if you would like to check out CrossFit of Hendersonville.

If you would like to learn more about how you or your group can make a difference drop us a note at: hopespringsinternational@yahoo.com. We would love to partner with you to bring lasting change to our world, one village at a time.


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Thousands Are Enjoying Clean Water from 35 New Wells

The recent visit to Dono-Manga, Chad by our Director of Operations, Rambi Ayala and our Medical Adviser, Dr. Uche Eni, afforded them the opportunity to visit some of the 35 new wells that were completed in October of last year. Here is Rambi’s report in his own words describing the response of the people to the new wells.

“We were overwhelmed by the response of people in the communities that were benefiting from the wells provided by Hope Springs International. One of the community leaders, Doumtol Haroun, captured the mood of the people in the following words. ‘It is only God that can repay you for touching our lives with your project. Today we can see water very easily and our community is now the center of attraction. Our neighbors now come here to fetch water, our women no longer travel far to get not just water, but very clean water. We thank you very much.’”

Rambi Ayala, Director of Operations for Hope Springs International fills his water bottle from one of the new wells.

Rambi continues, “In Gundari village it was the same expression of gratitude. Otodje Frederic was in tears of joy to show his gratitude for the water that they now have in their village. The people of Terr were also excited, and they could not hide their joy. “

As Americans we have what seems like a never ending supply of water for every purpose under the sun. In Dono-Manga one man expressed, “I never expected to have the opportunity to drink water from a well.” He had heard of it, but never thought he would ever see or drink water from one.

One of the 35 new wells was drilled just a few feet away from our orphanage. Rambi said, “The well at the Orphanage not only provides water for the orphans and the school, but people who live close by are now benefiting from it also.”

Water from the new wells is crystal clean and safe to drink.

Since Hope Springs International came to Dono-Manga in 2009, 26 out-of-service wells have been repaired and 35 new wells have been drilled. The District Manager for Dono-Manga has trained a repairman who works with a committee from each village to oversee maintenance and repair of the wells to assure that they will continue to serve these communities for many years to come.

We have taken delivery of our new trailer mounted drilling rig and we look forward to shipping it to Dono-Manga in the very near future. This new rig

New rig has been tested and ready to go!

will enable us to continue to change and save thousands of lives, not only in the District of Dono-Manga, but in many other areas of Southern Chad. We have just learned that it will cost a minimum of $15,000 to ship this drilling rig. Lindsey McDuffie and the members of Crossfit Hendersonville have set a goal to provide $10,000 toward the shipping cost. If you would like to help, send your gifts to Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075 or you may donate online at www.hopespringsint.com . Just click on the PayPal symbol and follow the easy instruction to send your gift.

 

 

 

Children no longer have to spend the day bringing water for their families.

The white building in the back ground is our Orphanage. They have their own well.


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Hope Springs International Receives Check For $6,000 From CrossFit Hendersonville.

CrossFit Hendersonville is all about physical fitness, but for many of its members it’s also about making a difference in their community and the world. In January of this year owner Lindsey McDuffie and a group of there members made a commitment to help Hope Springs International ship our recently purchased well drilling rig to Chad, Central Africa. At that time we estimated the cost would be $10,000. Lindsey said, “We can do that”! On Saturday May 19th. Lindsey presented Hope Springs International with their first installment of $6,000. From July through September events will be held to raise the balance needed to reach their goal. As you can see the “can do” spirit that permeates this group applies to more than just physical fitness.

Since 2009 Hope Springs’ projects have rehabbed 26 out-of-service wells, and drilled 35 new wells bringing clean water to an estimated 91,000 people. Shipping this new rig to Chad will enable us to drill many more wells in target villages throughout southern Chad. Each time we add a new well another 1500 people on average receive safe drinking water. We deeply appreciate the efforts of Lindsey McDuffie and CrossFit Hendersonville, and their decision to bring lasting change to a small part of our world. If you would like to check out CrossFit of Hendersonville here is a link to their web site: http://crossfithendersonville.com/

If you would like to learn more about how you or your group can make a difference drop us a note at: hopespringsinternational@yahoo.com. We would love to partner with you to bring lasting change to our world, one village at a time.

 


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Test Drill Met And Surpassed Our Expectations

Picture taken by Julie Tracy

 

On Saturday March 3rd. we did a test drill with our new well drilling rig. I am excited to report that this new unit met and surpassed our expectations. While we did not drill a well we drilled a test hole of about 16 feet. We encountered rock soon after the test drill began (approximately 8 feet of rock). The diamond bit cut through this rock layer with no difficulty at all. In Chad there is minimal rock to deal with as it is a marsh, sandy type soil, much like southern Alabama and Florida.

This trailer mounted rig has the potential to drilling hundreds of deep water wells. We estimate it will cost about $10,000.00 to ship this unit to southern Chad.  The shipping container will cost an additional $2,600.00. The sooner we can get this unit to Chad, the sooner we can begin opening new wells.

Tim King and his wife Charlotte owners of Hydra Fab Inc., the company that manufactured this unit, came from southern Alabama to answer any questions and provide more information about their machines. Hydra Fab manufactures a smaller unit that we belief will also have an

Small unit to be donated by Hydra Fab Inc.

application in Chad. Tim surprised us all by telling us that he and Charlotte are going to donate one of their small rigs when we get ready to ship everything to Chad. They also pledged that they will provide a supply of spare parts for the machines as well, all at no charge. God truly blessed us in leading us to this company. Presently they have over 100 of their units now drilling wells in Africa.

The average cost of drilling a well in Africa is from $5,000.00 to $8,000.00. With our new machine we estimate that the cost of a well will run between $2,000.00 and $3,000.00, possibly less. Each well will meet the needs of about 1500 to 2000 people. A well reduces dramatically the 50% infant death rate in children under the age of 5, and reduces sickness and disease in village populations where 60% will be sick numerous times during the year because there is no safe water available.

Help us get these new units to Chad. Send your gifts to Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075, or donate online at: http://www.hopespringsint.com.