Beginning to Drill
Casing is in Place
Developing the Well
Girls Having Fun Pumping
Village Women Getting Pure Water
Clean, pure water is in short supply in many parts of the world, including the area where Paul and Marty carry on their ministries. The sandy clay soils of central Congo normally will filter water before it arrives in the valleys where springs come out of the hillsides, but collecting the water beside wash and laundry areas and hauling it miles up steep hills means that the water is contaminated before it arrives in the villages and the quantity is inadequate. The same water that flows into the valleys is also available just +100 feet directly below the villages!
The challenge is how to give the villagers access to that pure uncontaminated water near where they live. It can only be done by drilling a well near their homes and installing a hand operated pump that they can use to pump water to the surface themselves.
The people most affected by a pump in the village are the women and young girls! They are the ones who carry the water up the steep hills from the valleys. Everyone is thrilled when a well is drilled and a pump is installed and they can walk a short distance to a water source on level ground and fill their containers as often as they want to. At one well that our ministry drilled people pumped water for 18 hours a day from 4 AM until 10 PM at night day after day.
Our ministry needs partners who will help us cover the $10,000 average cost of drilling, developing and equipping a well in the DR Congo. This is a contribution that profoundly affects people's health and lives, and that will bless them for years to come.
Visit our Photos page regarding drilling of water wells for more photos.