Hartwell Carson wrote -
I recently got back from building the first, of what I hope will be several wells in Togo. I can't explain how grateful everyone in Togo was for the completed well! The trip went great, and it was incredibly heartbreaking and inspiring to see life in the village, and the completed well. As soon as the water started flowing, people rushed to fill up bowls and buckets with clean water. The need is so incredibly great in Togo, but I can't think of anything they need more than clean water.
The trip was such a life changing experience that Teela is going join me next time and help raise money for additional wells. A second well for a nearby village was started, but there are no funds to continue that project. That village is now hiking over 1.5 miles to access water from the well we recently built. On my trip we witnessed kids with swollen bellies full of disease, from drinking dirty water. We saw families drinking and cooking with brown water from the creeks, we watched someone haul dirty out of a concrete basin for cooking and bathing, and we helped an entire family haul dirty water over a mile from the nearest creek. The well that everyone helped build will provide essential clean water to hundreds of people. It will free up time for women and children to go to school and take care of the household, and this sounds dramatic, but it will literally save people's lives.
The well we constructed was in the village of Adjove, which has a few hundred people. A local well company was hired to perform the work, and group of men and women in the village were trained on how to fix the well, in case it breaks. Now we just just to continue on the good work that we started. We have the local knowledge with the Yoto River Waterkeeper on the ground, we have a local well builder, and have established a system to appoint a trained water committee to oversee the well. We just need to raise the money to make clean water a reality for the people of Togo.