Story from Pastor Charles Sokiri
The church of Wayaga Baptist was opened on 01/07/10, it has a population of 80 members. This village has 45 family heads, the source of water for this village is an open well dug by the community members. During dry season, the open well go dry and then people have to move to the shallow well near Jalimo Secondary School and the Orphanage primary school, which is two kilometers away. Unfortunately, during the school days the school locks up the well and its locked completely when the school is not operating.
The major problem in this village is how to get safe and clean water. The above mentioned well is shallow and gets contaminated easily. For example, the wells are now contaminated with running water from rain. Not only that, frogs and some aquatic animals are laying their eggs in the water.
The community of Wayaga was crying out for safe and clean water. On June 1st, 2011 the well was completed. Our implementing partner then shared the following stories with us...
Annet is a young lady of 26 years. She gave a reason of why they needed a borehole in their village. She said, when they came back from Uganda, they used to get water from a stream which dries up in the dry season. Sometimes they dug the dry sand along the river to act as a filter.
As I went to take the picture of the well they were using, the water looked so dirty for human consumption. Living organism, organic materials, and all run off water from the rain is dumped into the open hole. This open well had become an agent of death instead of giving life to the people. Many people in this village especially children are suffering from water related diseases such as scabies, rashes, stomach ache, and typhoid.
Annet expressed her joy by saying: ” this borehole will save us from moving long distance, sleeping outside during dry season, and coming late to the church.”
She concluded her story by thanking the donor for the support. “May the good Lord bless all those who contributed for the success of this wells.” Says Juan.
Message from the local Pastor:
On behalf of the entire Christian Community of Wayaga, the Pastor thanked the donor and all those who have worked tirelessly, to see to it that the new well is drilled. “We are very much appreciative for the help you have extended to us, may God bless you all.”