We recently finished drilling a well in the village of Angoram. The area had no clean water and most everyone was getting their water from a seep or natural spring down near the swamp. The spring is also the place where everyone takes their livestock to water, wash clothes, etc. We were able to drill a well near the natural spring and tap into the groundwater that is available year round. The well was shallower than most of the wells we drill in this area, but it was a gusher. We installed a homemade pump, sealed and cemented in the well, and now the folks from this village are celebrating the blessing of clean water.
I asked how far people were traveling to fetch water from the new well. I was told people are coming from Angoram and the other two nearest villages and many are coming from as far as 1.5 kms away. Hundreds of families are using this well as their sole source of water. We usually try and drill family wells, but sometimes when we are drilling in an area that has no water, even our family wells turn into community wells.
Dan went to visit this well the other evening and said their were as many as 50 jerry (20 litres) cans lined up waiting to pump their water and return home. It is amazing that something so simple can be such a hug blessing to so many. We are so thankful we are able to be here and to witness all that God is doing here.
“The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.” – Isaiah 41.17