New Well is Complete in Kigwo

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Just in from Stephen H., the drilling supervisor at WHI – our implementing partner in Sudan…

“We are finally finished drilling the well in Muresuk village and let me tell you it was one of the toughest wells we have drilled yet!  We actually drilled two different holes.  On the first attempt, we drilled all the way down to 100m (328ft) and only found a small amount of water.  The amount of water was so small it didn’t keep the dust down as we drilled further.

For the second attempt, we moved down hill (and further from the village) and closer to the stream in the valley.  We drilled down to 50 meters and founds more water although at a much lower yield than we usually get.  There is definitely enough water for the current population though and even if the population triples, there is enough as long as they are responsible with the water.
As we were drilling the second attempt, the village elders were sitting around looking very worried.  I went to them and asked them if they were OK and they told me they were talking about moving the entire village if the second attempt failed also.  Thankfully, they won’t have to do that now.
On behalf of the village of Muresuk and WHI I want to thank you for you providing clean water to this suffering village.  How many lives were saved, how many productivity hours gained, and how much sickness avoided only God knows.  What I know for sure is that the village of Muresuk will never be the same and that its residents will remember you and be grateful for as long as they live.”
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