If there is one thing that epitomizes the difference between the first world and the third world it may just be how easy or how hard it is to get clean drinking water. Access to clean water is such a big need for so many people here, especially for those in the villages and even more so for those whose village is on a mountain.
This is the case in the village of Kpaha where we have been witnessing and holding Bible studies for the last two months. These people live on a mountain and the terrain is so full of rocks, large rocks, that they are unable to dig the traditional wells that other villages are usually able to dig.
Ladies and kids are forced to go to watering holes like this one to scoop out enough water for the family.
I found another watering hole that the villagers use, even though it has frogs swimming around in it!
Many years ago the Germans were here in Togo and they put a well in this village that the people are still using today, but that’s not the cleanest water you’ve ever seen either.
Thankfully some organizations have paid the big bucks necessary to have the large equipment brought out to drill down through the rocks and install a hand pumped well like this one put in by the United Nations Development Program.
There are three of these type wells in the village of Kpaha, but when we showed up two months ago, two of the three wells were not working. They had broken and the people did not have the means to fix them, so they just drank dirty water from either the old well or from one of the watering holes.
This is where another great partnering church, located in Graniteville, SC, enters the picture. They have used creative means to raise funds for wells in Togo and have sent us over $1,800 to be used to help in just these sort of situations.
So a missionary friend here in Togo put me in contact with some well mechanics that were able to fix both of these wells for only $400.
And now they are pumping water that is probably cleaner than what is being pumped into our house!
Seeing kids come to the watering hole with their empty buckets and leaving with them still empty because the hole was dry was a tearjerker, and I could not bring myself to take a picture of them in that pitiful state.
Seeing ladies immediately come to the well and start pumping water as soon as you finish repairing it and having them thank you for caring about them was a tearjerker too, a good one though.