Jan 10, 2012
THE DRILLING CONTINUES!
Teanaste'lle'n! I just spent a few weeks of December in the Borana zone of southern Ethiopia, where we are currently working with our local partners in a large 27 well project. Approximately, five million Ethiopians are suffering from lack of clean water in the southern part of the country and the UN has declared the area to be in a "state of crisis." The Horn of Africa drought has devastated this area with extreme food and water shortages. Just a few weeks before I arrived, the area received their first rainfall in over two years! The drill team has been deployed with our best drill rig and been busy drilling wells in the Miyo District, where they will remain until the completion of the project in March. The wells are drilled about 10 to 15 meters past the static water level, ensuring the will provide water though the dry seasons and even droughts. The villagers were ecstatic to finally have a secure clean water source close by. Children would come running from all over shouting "Woo hah" (Amharic for "water"), when they would see us driving by in the land cruiser. The drill team was known all over and treated as royalty, as they worked hard day in and day out, giving the gift of life: clean water. Amidst all the laughter and bright smiling faces surrounding the new wells, I was so humbled, thinking of everyone back home who made all of this possible. I have seen some pretty amazing things doing this work but, this project stands out. The need for clean water here is huge but the amazing thing is the huge response and impact Wine to Water has been able to make, due solely to our supporters, like you. And for that we are so grateful!