Monday, December 31, 2018

"Papa's Well" is done! Before Christmas!

 Isn't this amazing and gratifying? 

"Papa's Well"--the new well in Zebedia Village opened today! Children are celebrating clean water.

Pastor Dennis Singini did a great job of project management. "What a Christmas Gift to this community," Dennis reports. 

The final sponsor's plate is not yet a fixed to the pump, but an inscription was done by the Village Chief in the cement base after the well was drilled and a Goat as a gift given to the American sponsor who wants to remain anonymous.

Dennis was given a goat and received it on behalf of the Sponsor as a gesture of Appreciation for helping them.
And I love what the Village Chief had previously said to Dennis (below). 

"What good would come from Bethlehem? Village headman Zebedia asked me? We were forsaken and we were told that we are not worthy to have a borehole here, but today God has answered our prayer. People are coming and ask us what has happened that we can have clean water right here in our village. We say thank you for helping us."
Note that rural villages are often named and known by the village chief--Zebedia.

Friends of WorldHope Corps:
Heavier, and more expensive than usual,  drilling equipment was needed this time to get down below the rocks to the aquifer.

Please help us keep the water flowing in 2019!

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Or put a check in the mail.

Thank you!

Dr. Michael Christensen
Executive Director,
WorldHope Corps, Inc.
3205 Carleton St.
San Diego, CA 92106

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Drilling "Papa's Well" this week in Zepedia

"Papa's Well" is being drilled this week in Zebedia Village in Northern Malawi.

WHC Village Well Number 69 since 2007
Location: Zebedia Village
Population: Five villages, 2,790 people
Name of Village Well: “Papa’s Well”
Sponsor: An American who wants to remain anonymous
Notation: The scripture verse the sponsoring family selected for this well is Jeremiah 29:11. 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” 

Finishing touches will be completed early next week in time for fresh, clean water to flow in the village by Christmas Day!

Please help us keep the water flowing. 
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Story: Zebedia is a medium size village of 900 people surrounded by 5 villages of 465 households led by four traditional village chiefs (Total population: 2,790 people).  On July 10, 1984, a relatively shallow well was drilled with gravity points of access to serve the local population. It worked for about 10 years, after which they could no longer maintain it. After a drought, the well dried up and is no longer viable. 

A deep-water borehole has been needed in this area for several years to save the villagers from walking a long distance to find clean water.  WorldHope Corps discovered Zebedia village through Pastor Dennis Singini who makes regular rounds in this area from village to village to preach, plant churches and distribute food and mosquito nets for WorldHope Corps.

“Since 1994 when the 1984 gravity water project failed they don't have any source of clean water,” says Dennis Singini. “It's pathetic. It would be an excellent gift to the village to have that well drilled before Christmas. Then the people can bless God on Christmas Day while they are drinking clean water.”

and now they are getting one, praise God!

Friday, December 14, 2018

New Pump Provided for Water Store at Katikara Trading Centre

We all did it!  The local community in Katikara raised $500 among among themselves, and others in the USA contributed over $2,000 this month to replace the water pump and generator at our Water Store at the Katikara Trading Centre in Western Uganda.  Thank you, thank you all!
Here’s a short note from Br. Julius yesterday.  Photos to follow: 

Greetings and best regards to you. 
The Lord is good all the time.
Dr. Michael you're DIVINE.
I am over joyed with the divine message.  
Thank you for the love and support.
Shalom,  Br. Julius

Note:  Please know that Julius tries to flatter me when he calls me Dr. "Divine".  Even though my name---“Micha-El”--is a question that means "Who is like God?" ) I know I’m not!  Just sayin  :)

When the Water Store reopens this week, people will come from near and far to purchase guaranteed clean, fresh, water for 33 cents per jerrycan pumped from the water tank, filtration system and borehole we provided four years ago. Otherwise, they must walk a longer distance to pump water from a shallow well.

In the picture below, WHC volunteer Maxim Schrogin was there when the Water Store opened in 2015, and was the first one to purchase a jerrycan of clean water for 33 cents.  The Water Store has been closed for three months, but will re-open before  Christmas, thanks to the generous donors of WorldHope Corps. 

Please help us keep the water flowing. 
Give online: 

Dr. Michael Christensen
Executive Director,
WorldHope Corps, Inc.
3205 Carleton St.
San Diego, CA 92106

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Uganda Mission Update on Water Store

Friends of WorldHope Corps and Communities of Shalom: 

Here's an urgent update from our mission partner, Br. Julius in Katikara, at Trading Centre in Western Uganda.  We're trying to raise $2,300 this month to meet the need. Please help us if you can.

Greetings and best regards from Uganda:

We have ended the rainy season and now the dry period has started, December, January, February and early March we anticipate best performance of the water project in Katikara Trading Centre. There are only two boreholes and our Water Store serving a population of more than 6000.

However last week our pump broke down. We have tried to make repairs but in vain because it picked up a lot of sand and stones and thus it needs replacement at a cost of $2300.  Its been two weeks now without water in the trading centre. This is a very tricky situation to me and the entire population looks at our project as the only Savior.  

It’s so unfortunate that our pump has effectively served for only one year,  however the outcomes are much visible. The income generated has been able to help us make at least five more extensions that is about 1000 meters.

I can't say that we can save this situation here without external support now. On behalf of our the poverty stricken families of Katikara, I beg for support in order to buy a new pump.

According to a reliable supplier in Hoima town,
a pump costs - ($1400)
Armed water resistant cable – ($450)
Holding Rope – ($300)
Connectors and accessories - ($50)
Installation cost and transport – ($120)

All required expenses totaling to ($2,320)

The situation is extremely difficult to explain. Katikara trading centre has had no water supply for now two weeks, they are only waiting for our system to raise. Worse of all the children are for holidays and the dry season has started.

With many thanks in advance.

Julius Kasaija
Director, Hoima Communties of Shalom
CEO - SARS Uganda
P.O. Box 313 Hoima
Tel: +256 782 462 201