Thousands of people living in the Western Province of Zambia have never heard the name of Jesus. Because of this, these people live in desperate circumstances, without hope and in spiritual darkness.
The Zambia Project takes the Gospel to where it has not yet been heard in Western Zambia and endeavours to uplift communities through various initiatives. We have installed two water wells and will be sponsoring a third installation this year. The whole well installation is done together with help and labour from both our team and the community themselves. By participating and becoming part of the process the community then understands the benefits of a clean water source and need to maintain it. This is a foreign concept for many that have only ever lived a meagre existence. These rural communities are exposed to nature and what seasonal devastation or blessing it brings. Seeing their delighted faces, especially of the children, drinking water without having to spit out soil or other particles is a joy that is difficult to express. Where there was once the stress of no guarantee in drinking water, there is a sudden change and lives improve dramatically as their health steadily improves. The daily drudge of always looking for water is now dealt with, mothers are able to feed their babies and children can attend school and concentrate. Previously their absence from school was a reminder of their community’s inability to provide the basics in life.
The positive change in the communities is phenomenal and so encouraging. Water wells drastically reduce diseases and increase the quality and mortality of lives. Once communities have a reliable water source other possibilities are available, such as growing vegetables, planting fruit trees and better personal hygiene. A well benefits the community as a whole in so many positive ways. Relationship building is essential to ensure a long term partnership for future sustainable development.
The cost of each well is approximately $4 000. (R 45 000.00). This might seem like a lot of money, but it is a small price to pay when we see the hope that it brings to future generations in this area. The investment is well worth it!