Well Drilling

October Update

The well drilling project is beginning to pick up steam.  Carlos, is working full time for the project now and we are installing our workshop/training center on a rented farm about 20 minutes out of town.  It is a beautiful piece of property with fruit orchards, forest, pasture, and a river.  A number of people and institutions are showing interest in supporting the project, but we are still financing the project with a shoestring budget almost completely out of our own salary.  There are so many doors opening up to work in rural communities and to provide water well drilling training to other institutions.  Pray that our resources will expand to meet the need for water in Bolivia.  I visited, Nueva Esperanza, a community of flood refuges near Cuarto Canadas several weeks ago where 130 families are getting water from a single well.  These families have had to leave their farms and communities because of severe flooding.  They established a new community on higher ground, but now they are now living on small house lots and only have enough space for a house and a small vegetable garden.  In the mornings and evenings they have to stand in line to fill their water jugs to carry back to their homes.  We have promised the community leaders we will come back soon and drill two new wells at each end of the community so people will not have to stand in line or have to carry their water so far.  We would also like to help the community build  a water tank and an irrigation system for the vegetable gardens.  This would really help them increase their productivity.  There is not yet a church in Nueva Esperanza, but there is a group of Christians meeting in a home each Sunday.  They have asked us to help them purchase a lot and build a church building.  The land they would like to purchase will cost about $400.

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