There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
― Albert Einstein
World Hope, Inc.
2154 Wayne Ave
Abington, PA 19001
March 9, 2019
Another year to return to Kokwo Toto and bring water, food, education and healthcare. Last year the community saw a lot of political upheaval from the local churches and this year we found peace. There were no political issues causing upset and division. Unfortunately, the first thing I found upon arriving was the extreme dry weather/drought the community was in. Pictured below is the dam at Kokwo Toto which had completely dried up…so the people were totally depending on water from the different water points, at the AIC compound and at our compound. The rains don’t normally start until April.
DAM AT KOKWO TOTO
The main goal of this trip was to equip the well in Orus, see how the water project was going on in Kokwo Banga and to maintain the water project in Kokwo Toto at our compound. First, however, I was keen to greet the mamas who came visiting as soon as they found out I had returned.
MAMAS FROM KOKWO BANGA PROJECT, WHERE THE PEOPLE MAINTAIN THE COMPOUND WELL AND VALUE THE WATER. I GAVE THEM SOME JOURNALS WITH BIBLE VERSES ON THEM.
After the greetings were over, the work began. I went to Orus, which is approximately 12 kilometers from our compound in Kokwo Toto. Here we are unloading the two tanks that will be used to deliver the water here in Orus. Pictured below is the drinking water in Orus.
CAN YOU IMAGINE HAVING TO DRINK THIS WATER AND USE IT FOR EVERYDAY LIFE ACTIVITIES?
THE GUYS DELIVERING THE TANKS AT ORUS
We can’t guarantee the success of our water projects without the aid of the community. Here is my caretaker Helen with her newborn baby. Her job is to be at the water point from 6 am to 6 pm everyday to insure good maintenance and security. She is a teacher who is hoping to return to teaching after her 6th born is a bit older.
CARETAKER NAMED HELEN WITH HER NEWBORN BABY AT THE ORUS PROJECT
It is important to communicate with the mamas at Orus to ensure that they understand how the project is to be utilized for proper maintenance and security to ensure sustainability. They were told that, even though goats and cattle would also be using the water, that animals weren’t allowed on the compound. Animals can trample some of the taps and we don’t want to risk lack of access to water for the community.
HAVING A MEETING WITH THE MAMAS AT ORUS TO DISCUSS THE WATER PROJECT
Depending on how much you may like animals or insects, seeing a monitor lizard may be something that may excite you or scare you. I’m not a fan of lizards so I didn’t mind when my caretaker dispensed of the lizard. After all, having found a mountain of termites inside the clinic compound when we first arrived, just took all the desire out of me to see any more insects or lizards. The termite hill inside one of our rooms was four feet tall and six feet wide. The pesty creatures had entered through a tiny crack in the foundation. I was done with seeing anymore insects or animals at that point. But Africa has it’s own story to tell and we are all part of it. Even a python visited us a few days later!
MONITOR LIZARD FOUND UNDER STONES WE WERE LOADING TO TAKE TO ORUS TO BUILD A STAND FOR THE STORAGE TANK.
The work at the Orus project consisted of building a stand for the lower tank, erecting the steel tower for the upper tank, and installing three taps for water. Here are a few pictures from all that work. We partnered with Drilling for Life, once again, to complete this good work.
UNLOADING STONES IN ORUS to build the stand
DRILLING FOR LIFE TEAM putting together the 6m tower that will hold the upper tank that feeds the lower tank.
THE GUYS GATHERING SAND FOR BUILDING
THE DRILLING FOR LIFE TEAM AFTER COMPLETION OF THE ORUS BOREHOLE
Having completed the work in Orus, we looked to our compound to do some minor repairs. Mainly to get rid of the bees that were swarming around our leaking tap.
THE GUYS HELPING ME OUT AT OUR COMPOUND TO STOP A LEAKING TAP FROM ATTRACTING BEES. ELIAS TOOK HIS SHIRT OFF TO DO THE REPAIRS SO THAT THE BEES WOULDN’T GET A CHANCE TO GET TANGLED IN HIS CLOTHES.
Now that the compound was repaired and the bees evacuated our compound, we looked forward to the upcoming drilling project in October of 2019. The community of Nalakwoi is 3.5km from Kokwo Toto and the people are eagerly looking forward to getting life-giving water.
MARKS THE SPOT WHERE RON, FROM DRILLING FOR LIFE, WILL COME TO PERSONALLY DRILL IN OCT 2019
MEETING WITH THE PEOPLE OF NALAKWOI, WHICH IS THE NAME OF THE VILLAGE WE WILL BE DRILLING IN OCT 2019
The other main goal of our trip is always to work with and bless the children in all of the communities we serve. Every Sunday, the children from all the areas that we serve would walk to our compound in Kokwo Toto to receive God’s word and to eat cake and juice.
We gave each of the older students notebooks and pencils and crayons to all nursery school students. They were thrilled!
For valentine’s day each student got heart sticker, either on their forehead or cheek.
THE KIDS WERE SO EXCITED TO GET A SOCCER BALL TO PLAY ON THEIR SCHOOL PLAYGROUND
The joy on their faces is well worth the entire trip. Not only are the children drinking clean water, they are growing as people with education that opens their eyes to the possibility of being more than they can be….to dream far beyond what they would dare to dream without our presence in their community. We are humbled and encouraged to be a part of this.