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Lasting Change One Village at a Time


A chance meeting on Facebook

Madaki Elkanah

Madaki Elkanah

Our paths happened to cross on Facebook. That is not so strange until you realize Madaki Elkanah lives in the nation of Niger whose population is 80% Muslim and one of the poorest nations in Africa. Madaki works with a small church in the city of Tere. A small group of people were led to Christ by a missionary from Nigeria who lived here from 2005-2009. The church continued without leadership until Madaki moved to work with them in May of last year. It was about that time that I learned of his work and began to pray for him.

When you pray for someone God will often use you to answer your own prayers. Although my prayers for Madaki have continued for over a year it is only in the last couple of months that we have been chatting via Facebook.
Through our chats I learned that World Vision has a small presence in this area and actually has a well drilling machine. The World Vision director for Niger has offered to drill a well for the village where the church meets. The normal cost is $6,000.00 but the director wants to help this small group of believers. He told Madake that if they could raise $2,000.00 to cover the cost of

Some of the members of the church that meets in Tere.

Some of the members of the church that meets in Tere.

the pump, housing and other supplies they will drill the well!
When Madaki forwarded this request to me at Hope Springs, even without having money on hand, I had to say yes. This is too great an opportunity to pass up. But when I say without money on hand that is the reality. On Friday of last week we drained our well drilling funds to zero to provide two new wells for villages in Gombe State, Nigeria. So I need your help ASAP to secure the funds to make this well a reality. Here is what a well will do for this small band of Christians and other villagers:


  • Provide clean, safe drinking water. (Prevent many diseases, worm infestations.)
  • Provide water for food production. (A severe drought is causing increasing hunger across the Eastern Sahel in West Africa, affecting 10 million people in four countries. Niger has been hit the hardest.)
  • Provide water for good hygiene and prevent the spread of disease.
  • But most important of all, it will be a tangible expression of the love that Christ has for them.


Help us bring lasting change to Tere, Niger! Give here: www.hopespringsint.com or by mail at: Hope Springs Intl., 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

Fertile soil, but with out water nothing grows! Water is life!

Fertile soil, but with out water nothing grows! Water is life!

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On My Desk…

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

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

“We are suffering in our area. We don’t have good water to drink. We are drinking water with our cattle, that is why we are requesting Hope Springs to come and dig us a well.”

And another, “Since the settlement of this community our drinkable water is from a pond and far away streams which cause us diseases such like typhoid fever, diarrhea, and so on.” That “so on” includes cholera, and many parasites like Ginny worm.

This is just a sampling of the request we are now receiving from our work in

These boys travel a number of miles everyday to get water from a pond.

These boys travel a number of miles everyday to get water from a pond.

Gombe State, Nigeria. Our well drilling company continues to work with us at a greatly reduced rate of $3,000 per well. The normal charge is $6,000.  

We would love for you to partner with us in answering these request for clean water. You can donate here: www.hopespringint.com or by mail at Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

In this season of thanksgiving why not express you thankfulness with a gift of clean water that will change the lives of thousands of people for many years to come.



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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A Goal To Bring Lasting Change…We are making progress!

water15aPreventable Disease By the Numbers

1.5 million kids die annually from diseases that are easily preventable through routine vaccinations. (World Health Organization)

1 million people die of malaria each year. (Compassion.com)

30,000 people die weekly from illnesses caused by unclean drinking water. 90 percent of these deaths are children. (Charity Water)

17 million kids were orphaned because of AIDS in 2011 (globalhealthfacts.org)

As discouraging as these figures can be, we are making progress!

The global mortality rate from malaria has dropped 25 percent since 2000.

In Africa, the malaria death rate has fallen 33 percent in the same time frame.

Vaccination programs have resulted in a 74 percent decrease in measles deaths worldwide.

God calls us to not only meet these needs, but to empower people for sustainable and lasting change. Hope Pupils in School (124)Springs International provides deep water wells, affordable health care, training in dry season farming and animal husbandry as a means to accomplish these goals. Each project is planned with an exit strategy in mind and a time line when each work will stand on its own with minimal or no ongoing support will be needed. Even our orphanage is being structured to one day be able to function without the need of outside support.

“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 be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” Isa. 58:10, 11.

Your gifts are bringing lasting change. Donate here: www.hopespringsint.com

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Visualising The Struggles Of Others

Rijiyar Malam Well (6)

There are moments that we try to visualize the struggles of others, but it’s so far removed from our own reality that we can’t truly see it. Then when their struggle is over something that we know is required for survival and often something we take for granted, we really just can’t get it.

Hope Springs International received the following letter from Rambi Ayala our Director of Operations for Africa in Gombe, Nigeria who sees these struggles first hand and desires to see a difference made.


 It is hard to even imagine how a three year old could join older siblings in search of a very critical essential commodity for the

A difficult task for a 3 year old.

A difficult task for a 3 year old.

survival of the entire family (WATER). When I visited the sleepy villages of Jauro Malam and Garin Babuga, situated along Gombe-Yola road, with an estimated population of 5,000 inhabitants, what I saw was quite unbelievable. They have been drinking water from a well that was dug over forty years ago. The well in question is about 105 feet deep and it was dug manually by the community with crude implements as I learned.  

 Kabir and Zulai are two little children about three years old who found themselves confronted with the daily chores of fetching water from this well at Jauro Malam Village.

The is what a Nigerian Pond looks like. Much different from farm ponds here in the US.

The is what a Nigerian Pond looks like. Much different from farm ponds here in the US.

According to Gurama Alhaji Adamu, one of the community leaders I spoke to, the well has been their only source of water for survival complemented by some ponds they dug. The only time they enjoy clean water is during the rainy season when they will collect rain drops into a container and store. It is the same well they use to water their animals and cassava farms. Ironically, the villages of Jauro mallam and Garin Babuga are just about 30 km away from Gombe, the state capital of Gombe State. Gurama Alhaji Adamu lamented that they live close to civilization but they are still far away from it.

 Drawing water from this well is a very challenging task, when I tried it; it was as though I had run a 100meter race and my palm began to ache. This is what the people of Jauro Malam go through with “ease” both young and old. The effect of the rope used for drawing the water had already worn away the metal pipe and from the pictures you can see where the wood replacement is also beginning to wear away. The color and stench that come out of the water are just indescribable; yet God in his mercies sustains them with it.

 The hard-working people of Jauro Malam and Babuga, who incidentally are all Muslims, use the water they have not only for

The root of the casava plant is a staple in many countries in Africa.

The root of the cassava plant is a staple in many countries in Africa.

drinking, but raising their animals and watering their cassava crops during the 9 month long dry season.

If at least two wells (boreholes) are provided to these communities, it will surly change their life-style forever.”

As I read this letter, I couldn’t imagine such young children in a world that required them to perform tasks that a grown man struggled with. I couldn’t imagine a village so close to civilization, yet so primitive. Just because I can’t imagine it does not change the harsh reality of the struggle daily for survival.

The water from this open hand dug well.

The water from this open hand dug well.

We have the chance to change this reality. You and I can change the lives of children like Kabir and Zulai forever. We can provide them with the necessary wells that take the strain off of just trying to survive. You and I can show them that although we have never had to haul water from a dirty hole in the ground, we can imagine it and we can change it.

Help us be the change in reality these people so desperately need. Help us change lives one village at a time.

105 feet deep. A daunting task to accomplish by hand. New wells will be over 200 feet, capped with hand pumps.

105 feet deep. A daunting task to accomplish by hand. New wells will be over 200 feet deep, capped with hand pumps. You can provide one well for only $3,000 and two for $6,000. These are deep water wells professional dug by a local well drilling company, capped to protect again water run-off and a hand pump.

The long walk home with all the water she can carry.

The long walk home with all the water she can carry.

For less than the price of a worn out used car you can provide clean water to thousands of people. This is a great project for a youth group or a whole church. Maybe you are an individual whom God has blessed and you would like to pay it forward by blessing other. Donations may be mailed to: Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075, or made on line through PayPal at our website: http://www.hopespringsint.com.

BY Alycia Neighbors, Volunteer Staff Writer.



The recent heavy flooding in southern Chad has caused our patient flow to go from 1000 people every 4 to 6 weeks to over 250 per day. I have been asked more than once, “How can you treat that many people in the course of a day?” People’s needs are being met by one fulltime nurse, (we do not have a doctor), and one fulltime assistant. Four volunteers have been taught to give immunizations and dispense medications under the watchful eye of our nurse Eloi. Three ladies from the community that have served as midwives in the past have also volunteered their services.

But the short answer is simply these Christians see their work as service to God. They also know without the Jordan Health Center hundreds of these people, the majority of them children, would just die.

As Americans we often complain of our “health care crises” in this country. If I may be so bold, we don’t have a clue when it comes to this kind of health care crises. With all of our problems we are still the most blessed nation on the face of the earth.

While the population of the Dono-Manga District is about 126,000 the main area we serve has a population of approximately 55,000 people living in 5 villages. Our orphanage and temporary school classrooms are on the same 14 acre parcel of land where the Health Center is located. Because of its location we are able to provide immediate access to health care for over 500 children.

We are planning to build a 45’ X 35’ addition to the present building. It will have two wards with 4 beds each. (Right now patients are being treated on grass mats on the ground). This new addition will provide a clean safe place for women to give birth and a controlled environment to treat many other serious illnesses. The cost for this addition is only $20,000. That is less than $13.00 a square foot.

Will you partner with us to make this new addition a reality? You may donate online at our web site through PayPal : www.hopespringsint.com or by mail: Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

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Recent flooding brings hardship, death and challenges for our Jordan Health Center

Most of us have probably seen a movie, television show or photograph of medical needs being provided in dire circumstances with little to no adequate medical equipment, facilities or staffing. Most of us also have the ability that when the slightest medical need arises for us, we can drive to a medical facility and be seen fairly quickly with the latest technology and methods.

However, the first scenario that we have seen, but never had to experience is a reality for many. We also have the unique opportunity to change this reality for the 1000s that come monthly to The Jordan Health Center.

Although the two person staff is accustomed to the volume that The Jordan Health Center normally receives, an increase of patients due to an unusually heavy rainy season in August and September that caused major flooding has caused severely dehydrated and exhausted patients to travel to The Jordan Health Center desperate for treatment for diarrhea and dysentery.

These treatable illnesses have been caused by drinking water from over 700 contaminated wells from the hardest hit areas of the serious flooding throughout Southern Chad. In addition to the medical needs of the people, 70,000 are now homeless and around 150,000 have been affected by thousands of acres of crops and next year’s crop seeds being washed away. Many of the people coming to The Jordan Health Center are from these areas East of Dono-Manga where two major rivers come together near the city of Sarh. These swollen rivers merged into one torrent of water that caused the contamination of the wells and destruction of crops.

Of the desperate people who have traveled for medical attention, 6 people have died. Among them was Nombrengar Philip, who arrived too weak to be saved. Although hundreds are being treated for Malaria and the government declared a Cholera epidemic on September 3rd that will eventually bring many others for treatment; the loss of just one is preventable in our hands. We have the opportunity to make the life of Nombrengar Philip not just a casualty of circumstance, but the pinnacle of our ministry both medically and spiritually.

These events point out the importance of getting our proposed health center expansion underway as soon as possible. This new addition will have two wards with four beds each for treating pregnant women and the critically ill. This 45’ X 35’ facility will cost only $20,000 to build and furnish with basic supplies. What a blessing this addition would be for our small staff as they deal with what must seem like overwhelming numbers of people coming day after day for treatment.

In the midst of this tragedy God granted us a major blessing. Our Jordan Health Center has been under the watchful eye of the Chadian Government. Our ongoing performance during this state of emergency has resulted in a special ceremony being held to

Floor Plan for addition to Jordan Health Center

award the Jordan Health Center with its full accreditation as a Health Center by the Chadian Government.

Hundreds of lives are being saved and God is receiving the glory through many of you who make our work possible. If you have never supported Hope Springs would you consider doing so? Will you help us build this desperately needed addition to the Jordan Health Center?

Donations may be made via PayPal at our website: www.hopespringsint.com, or by mailing your check to Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075. If you have questions or need additional information you may also email us at: hopespringsinternational@yahoo.com.

We hope you will join us in bringing lasting change to a hurting world, one village at a time.

by Alycia Neighbors