In January of this year, a group of us from Heartland Church went to Sierra Leone, West Africa to spend 10 days in the poorest country in the world. We were honored to meet with the President of Sierra Leone based on the excellent work and reputation of our ministry partner, World Hope International. During our vist, President Ernest Koroma told us the dire need of his country was to provide clean water for the people. He asked us to consider the facts:
- Life expectancy is 42 years of age.
- Infant mortality is 1 out of 5.
- The GNP per capita is $142 (per year).
The devastating cycle could not be turned around without dealing with shortage of clean water. Read the background story here.
In June of this year, the people of Heartland gave $150,000 in the short span of six weeks time to respond to the urgent need for equipment to drill wells. It was an incredible act of generosity to witness.
I just received word that the Water Drill rig that was purchased with those funds finally arrived and made it to the target area of Makeni, a place of extreme poverty in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone.
Apparently this was big news! The President himself came out to the northern city of Makeni to commission it.
World Hope International Country Director for Sierra Leone, Saidu Kanu, had this to say about the commissioning ceremonies.
Yesterday afternoon, the President of Sierra Leone commissioned the well drilling equipment donated by Heartland Church. The ceremony was very impressive. The President spoke very highly of our work and glad that something fruitful came out of the January visit. The President (in the white hat) started the rig as part of the commissioning and watch a test drill for few minutes.
Dr. Richard Konteh, Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Development chaired the occasion. Also present was the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, and many officials of the Northern Province. Thank you, Heartland Church!
This one rig can produce about 50 wells per year. With a population of about 250,000 without access to clean water, the city of Makeni alone can absorb at least 50 wells. President Koroma told us in January that there were at least 1,000 communities they had identified in critical need.
But this is the difference we can make together. It's awesome. So many people made sacrifices to get this first project done and you're a part of something wonderful that is happening in the world right now! We're impacting a nation!
A group of us from Heartland will be traveling back to Sierra Leone at the End of November to see the equipment in action; actually drilling a couple of wells and observing the impact to the people in the community. We're actually going to live in their conditions to experience what life is like without clean water. It will be very compelling. We'll be bringing back a lot of video and hopefully inspire thousands of people to make a difference.
Anyone wishing to give towards this project, can give by credit card online through Heartland’s secure online giving system. It’s EASY!
- Click the link above and login, (or 1st time register)
- and then click the “GIVING” tab.
- Please designate your gift to Sierra Leone in the optional memo line.
“And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded." —Jesus, Matt. 10:42 (NLT)