The well-drilling ministry, West Africa Well Project, has drilled over 13 wells in Senegal over the past two years and is starting work in other West Africa countries, as well. Tim Eby, director of West Africa Well Project, shares that “The change that fresh water brings to a community is enormous. People contract fewer illnesses; young girls’ days are no longer consumed by hours-long treks to retrieve water; the well being of a village dramatically increases.” But for Eby and his crew, the wells are about more than just physical health. The group is also concerned about the thirst in people’s souls.
“The power of the wells is that bringing fresh water brings you the chance to tell somebody about the Living Water. And ultimately their thirst, which is physical and very real, pales in comparison to their spiritual thirst.”
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According to the United Nations Development Program, less than 65% of rural Senegalese have access to safe drinking water.
ABOUT THE WELLS
Well depth: 18 to 30 meters (60 to 100 feet)
Typical cost to drill a well: $2,000, which covers materials (roughly $500), transport and wages. That does not include the initial investment in well-drilling equipment, which can cost upwards of $15,000. A shallower well dug with a hand system costs about $500. The wells are funded by individual donors, churches from various denominations, and The Christian Broadcasting Network.
Contact: To learn more about West Africa Well Project, bring a team, or donate, e-mail Rev. Tim Eby: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com