Mike Smith, Mechanical Field Service, recently went to Tanzania in Africa, on a trip to volunteer his skills to build wells with a non for profit called Go Drill. Did you know that young girls in a village sometimes walk miles for water that many of us wouldn’t think of drinking. Not only does clean water help against disease but also helping these young girls remain safe from dangerous men and animals.
Mike’s trip involved building a well for a high school that had over 600 students. Before the pump they would have to walk over a kilometer for water. The pump they built for the high school was drilled 153 meters down due to the sandy dry environment. This is where they were able to gain access to the ground water in the area. There is no electricity so the pump is operated by hand. People in the area will use the pump for cooking, cleaning, and washing. Not only does the well building help the community with disease control, safety, etc. it also brings employment to residents, as Go Drill employs the locals to help build the pumps with guidance of the volunteers.
While Mike was there he worked on other projects such as repairing pumps that needed maintenance in the area, and doing work on a solar panel that aerated the water for a fish farm.
Think about this verse that can be found in the Bible under Mark 9:41 If anyone gives you even a cup of water because you belong to the Messiah, I tell you the truth, that person will surely be rewarded.
If you would like to learn more about Go Drill visit their website at www.godrill.org