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Lives change dramatically when a well is successfully drilled for a village community. Immediate many health issues are solved. Infant mortality (5.845% in Ghana) drops considerably along with most water borne diseases.

BBC NEWS: More than 1.5m children under five die each year because they lack access to safe water and proper sanitation, says the United Nations children's agency. (UNICEF)

Woman and children no longer have to spend long hours searching for and carrying water long distances. Often times the water that is brought home comes from ponds or streams and must be boiled before it is safe to drink. This requires more time and effort to find and carry firewood home and then build a fire to boil the water. The convenience of having safe water nearby allows the woman to spend more time helping their families in other ways - farming, trading or perhaps even learning a trade like sewing. Children are healthier and free to attend school regularly.

In the past 3 years with the help of brother Nat Adams and the rest of the staff of the Church of Christ Rural Water Development Project we have drilled 5 wells in the Bunkpurugu District alone. All of these are producing pure water for the villages of Pagnatiik, Gbetimong, Nanyier, Tojing & Pauk (Togo). Two more wells are planned for Gbingbani and Yunyuo (2 much larger communities located along some of the main roads.) In addition Mr. Yaan, the MP (Member of Parliament) from the Bunkpurugu District asked if we would consider drilling a well for the secondary school and for the government clinic. Both are without water at this time. It is very difficult to operate the clinic with out a safe reliable source of water. And children often have to break from classes to find water to drink during the day.

Currently it costs us @ $5000.00 to drill a borehole (water well) due to the remote areas in which we are working. This is largely due to having to haul the heavy well drilling rigs and support trucks long distances to the difficult places (sometimes almost unreachable - especially once it begins to rain) where we are working and then paying for the fuel needed to operate trucks, rigs, compressors, etc. In addition other materials need to be purchased: i.e. cement, stone, pipe, hand pumps, etc.

Well at Gbetimongpaak