Much of our time in Chad was spent in Kelo, a city of around 50,000 people.  Kelo is very hot and dry due to its location in the Sahel region of Africa, just south of the Sahara Desert.

     In January, 2017, Kevin Colvett and Jon Lee traveled to Chad and Togo on behalf of the Living Water Project, a non-profit ministry founded at Otter Creek in 2001.  

     The purpose of our visit to Chad (depticted below) was to expand the partnership between Living Water and Final Command Ministries, a church-planting ministry that Otter Creek supports.  Final Command’s mission is to plant churches in some of the toughest “soil” in the world, and much of their current focus is in northern Africa where persecution of Christians is common – and, in some of these areas, professing Christianity is illegal.  Through this partnership, Living Water is coordinating and funding clean-water wells in communities where Final Command plants churches: The uniting of physical living water with spiritual living water to further God’s Kingdom.  We visited our first 3 wells in Chad, which had just been completed, and visited 12 other villages to survey for future wells.

Locals sell food and other goods at a busy bus stop in Bongol, Chad, a small city on the drive from N’Djamena (Chad’s capital city) to Kelo.

The village chief in Ambassana drinks clean water at the well dedication ceremony.  This well is serving 460 people.

Women in Meguene Degleo celebrate their new well.  Women and girls are the primary benefactors of wells, as they no longer have to spend their days fetching often-contaminated water from distant sources.
 

The village chief of Mosso Djomei and other residents express their gratitude.  This well is serving more than 900 people with life-giving clean water.

We were blessed to spend time with more than 100 volunteer church planters in Kelo, discussing how clean water can further their efforts. This gathering was organized by Final Command Ministries and EEACT (Evangelical Church of Central Africa)

Living Water Project board member and water engineer Kevin Colvett is greeted by children in Meguene Degleo village in Chad.  A new well was drilled there in December, 2016.

The new well in Meguene Degleo, which is serving approximately 2,000 people.

Mosso Djomei gives thanks in prayer for their new well.

A woman draws clean water for the first time in Ambassana village, in Chad at the well dedication ceremony.  Living Water funded its first 3 wells in Chad in December, 2016. 

Meguene Degleo residence celebrate the arrival of clean water in their village.

Dedicating the new well at Mosso Djomei village, Chad.  On the left is Pastor Samba Paul, head of EEACT and our fantastic “man on the ground” in Chad.
 

 

In Togo (depicted below), we visited several villages where Living Water-funded wells were recently drilled, and also spent time observing two well-drilling teams.  Our outstanding partner in Togo is Water4, a non-profit based on Oklahoma City.  Water4 manufactures the parts needed to construct wells and coordinates drilling teams, while Living Water provides funding and connects sponsors to wells.  Since 2010, Living Water and Water4 have partnered on 162 wells in Togo.


 

Before:  This is the water source a community in Kara, Togo was using before a Living Water Project well was drilled there in 2015.  Sickness and disease were a common problem from drinking this water.

After:   This well is now the community’s water source, located only about 200 yards from the dirty, stagnant spring.

We visited this drilling team, constructing a new well in a village near Kara, Togo.  Water4’s drilling teams use manual drilling techniques to bore through rock and dirt.

The 4-man drilling team takes a break for a picture.  The manual drilling method is much less-expensive than using a large gas-powered drilling rig.  These Togo wells cost only $1,600 each!

Meeting with Palabre 1 village in Togo to discuss their new well.  Such meetings in hot locales often take place under the shade of large trees.

The women enjoyed posing for pictures at the new well.  Because a new well eliminates the many hours spent every day going to fetch water from distant sources, girls are able to begin attending school as a result.

Another drilling team near Kara, Togo.  Residence of the village watch in eager anticipation of having clean water for the first time ever.

The village chief expresses the gratitude of his village for their new well.  We were told that there had been much sickness from contaminated water, and that the new well would dramatically improve their overall quality of life.

 Walking to see the new well in Palabre 1.

The Living Water Project hopes to fund many more Togo well in 2017 in communities like this one.

Due to clean water being abundant less than 100 feet from the surface in Togo (shallower than in most countries), a fuel-powered drilling rig is not necessary to drill wells there. 

Posing with the community and drilling team.

Women in Palabre 1 celebrate the new well.