Burkina Faso, where villagers are returning because they have a well!
This is Ziga in Burkina Faso, where villagers are returning because they have a well now. That is good news indeed!
It could be almost anywhere in rural Burkina Faso.
It is a story of many villages in Burkina Faso where they do not have a proper supply of clean water. Ziga is about 3½ hour’s drive from Ouagadougou. That is because of the state of the “roads”, not because of the distance. The first 2 hours are OK, but then the next 1½ are more difficult. This red dirt road is not as bad as some road as the US Government helped to make it better some time ago. There are still potholes – but just not so deep as on other roads.
Myra’s Wells drilled a well at Ziga in December 2015. It is called “Ivor’s Well” – drilled in memory of the father of the pastor at Pinehurst Community Church in West Moors, Ferndown.
A pastor has been in the area for about 30 years. He thought that Ziga would be an ideal place for a church. But families grew, and the walk to fetch water on a daily basis became longer. So people moved away. Now, there is a well. It is next to the church. And as the news of the well has spread, people are starting to move back in the village. The church and well are on the edge of the village. But if more people move into the area, maybe it will soon be at the centre!
No estate agents are involved of course. The people come and build their own houses. This is a village populated mainly by people whose background is the Mossi tribe.
So the village is now growing.
And as the village grows, then so the church grows as well. Having worked here for 30 years, the pastor is very pleased that the people have now a reliable source of clean water. He is also pleased that many are hearing the message of the “living water” which springs “up into everlasting life”, as Jesus said.
This is what our motivation is.
It is both these thoughts that keep us focused on the task of drilling more wells. Click here to see a list of the wells that we have been able to drill so far. And our prayer is that there will be many more places in Burkina Faso, where villagers are returning because they have a well.
Maybe you would like to help us?
Perhaps you would like to see the same thing happening in other places? If so, you may like to support us. Click here to see how to do this. We guarantee that 100% of donations are used for well projects. The trustees fund all other expenses personally.