Ngoswak Well Project
The Longido District of Tanzania, East Africa is in a dry desert area. Right now, Ngoswak village is experiencing a severe drought and the people are walking seven miles to the nearest water source for daily necessities, including watering their livestock, with is their livelihood. The need for clean, accessible water is acute. FAD is committed to helping the people of Ngoswak develop reliable and permanent water sources by digging wells near the dried up river.
The Maasai who live near the border of Tanzania and Kenya close to a town called Longido are experiencing a drought and need our help. God has placed this opportunity before us, and we want to respond in a way that glorifies Him and gives support to those in need.
This year our goal is to drill two wells in the Longido area. The total cost for this project will be $60,000 and we believe we can raise this money in time to help alleviate the drought. To date $19,000 has been raised toward drilling the first well so we need to raise $6,000 more in the next few weeks. Another $5,000 will be needed to put in a pump and to have an electric pump put in and to secure a water storage tank.
As you know water in that part of the world is precious—especially at this time of year when the rains end. Unfortunately, this year the rainy season was almost nonexistent and this situation has left many cattle and people seriously at risk. This affects both the health of the people and the economy in and around Longido. Unless these wells are drilled, this community will continue to experience the devastating effects of drought every few years!
Everyone who wants to share in this vision and be a part of this project is encouraged to contact us and to give. No gift is too small or too large. We present the opportunity God has laid before us, and we will rejoice as we see him work both here within our community and in all of Africa.
What is needed: FAD board members have identified these operational goals for this year:
- Raise $60,000 to drill two wells
- Raise $20,000 for a medical facility in LOOCIP
- Raise $20,000 toward educational grants for students
- Organize expeditions (travel) to Tanzania to do ministry (sharing Christ, building relationships, and serving the community with our resources and our faith).
- Establish Teams of people committed to weekly prayer for the Maasai
If you are interested in getting involved, contact us here.
UPDATE: (August 25, 2009) The first well has moved forward and struck water. We are pleased to announce that the people of Ngoswak will not have to walk for miles to get water anymore. FAD is overseeing the construction of a water holding tank above the well. We are already getting ready for the next well by raising funds. Here are some pictures of “the dig.”
Thank you to those who supported getting this first well finished!