Over the last three years Hope Springs International has had the opportunity to working with a World Bank program that drills deep water wells in southern Chad. Because they also subsidized the cost of drilling we have been able to drill 35 wells for only $1,000 each. The 35th well drilled under this program was their last in the nation of Chad and the program came to an end in October of this year.
The program has ended, but the need is far from over. A few months ago our board decided that we must continue to drill wells and that we would purchase our own equipment. We have located a company in southern Alabama that manufactures high quality drilling rigs. These rigs are smaller in size and cost, and they meet our needs perfectly for southern Chad. They are trailer mounted rigs and can be easily transported into remote areas. They are capable of drilling as deep as 400ft., which is well beyond the 200 to 250ft. depth for the wells in Chad. Their cost is considerably less than truck mounted rigs that can cost as much as $250,000.
We are excited to announce that on December 2, 2011 we received a generous grant from a local Christian Foundation that wishes to remain anonymous in the amount of $20,500 for the purchase of our first drilling rig..
We have placed an order for this rig and it is now in production. We believe that this rig will drill many wells and enable us to keep the cost of a single well to between $1,500 and $2,000. (The average cost of drilling a well most anywhere in Africa is around $5,000 to $6,000 and many times more). The estimated shipping and transportation cost we believe will run around $10,000.
Why not give a gift this Christmas that will continue giving for years to come. One well will provide clean water for over 2,000 people, and at the same time open many hearts to hear the message of a God who loves them more than they could ever imagine. Send your donations to: Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075 or donate on line at http://www.hopespringsint.com