For the cost of your next bottle of water you can make a difference in the world.
|Thank you for your donations. In 2013 our customers donated $3284 which we matched dollar-for-dollar for a total of $6568. The cost of one water well is roughly $4000 to $5000. Your contributions are making a difference. We will do the same in 2014!|
During November of 2007, Karen and I took a 2 week trip to Sierra Leone, West Africa in support of our church's missionary family who lives there. It changed our lives forever. The poverty we saw was staggering.
Sierra Leone is a small west-African nation that experienced a horrific civil war from 1991 to 2002. It is the country featured in the movie, Blood Diamond starring Leonardo DiCaprio. While the characters portrayed in the movie are fiction, the background is true.
Sierra Leone is one of the poorest country in the world with an infant mortality rate of 15.8% and where 27.8% of all children do not survive their 5th birthday. Life expectancy is a little over 40 years. One in 6 women die in childbirth.
The purpose of our trip was simple; share the hope of Jesus Christ with a people for whom there is little hope. With our missionary's help our small group of 9 people visited 34 schools, distributing Christian booklets called the Book of Hope
to over 24,000 students and teachers.
The Book of Hope is a scripture book designed to engage and speak to the heartfelt needs of children and youth within various cultures, clearly showing God's redemptive plan through Christ's life, death and resurrection.
The children shown in these pictures are fortunate because they have parents with enough money to send them to school. There is no public education. You have to pay to go to school. Some students actually sneak into the classroom. In one school with an enrollment of 1200 pupils we distributed over 1300 booklets. The hope for Sierra Leone and West Africa is in these children.
Many more children are not so fortunate. According to recent report by UNICEF, 78% of the children between the ages of 7 and 14 are engaged in child labor. The study, which covered one quarter of the world's population, ranked Sierra Leone last among nations surveyed.
Our Christian faith teaches that it is not enough to just tell people about Jesus without attempting to provide for their human needs (James 2:14-17). Before leaving Sierra Leone I asked our missionary what he believed to be the greatest need. His answer came quickly... water.
A major factor contributing to the short life expectancy is the lack of clean drinking water. We saw the need wherever we went. We experienced the need ourselves. And, the solution is incredibly simple. A water well can be drilled just about anywhere in the country. Water is found in the range of 150 to 300 feet below the surface. Hear what missionary Tom McLane has to say about the need for water in West Africa...
You can read more about the Africa Oasis Project (opens a new window or tab).
Upon returning to the US we determined to do something about meeting this basic human need. Will you help us drill water wells in West Africa? All we ask for is a donation of $1.00 or $2.00, the cost of one bottle of water. It seems like such a small sacrifice and it truly will make a difference in our world.
We appreciate anything you can do to help. Every dollar is matched by the Old Time Candy Company and donated directly to help the people of Africa. Please make a donation either below or during checkout.Karen and Don Bridge, owners
Old Time Candy Company