Sierra Leone (MNN) — As World Water Day approaches on March 22, World Hope International is doing their part to fight the fresh water crisis by installing a clean well in the village of Manfonki in Sierra Leone.
While the village previously had a well, when civil war swept through the country, much of Manfonki and the surrounding villages were destroyed, along with the well.
After this, their only source of water was from a bacteria-laden muddy stream, which has caused severe stomach aches, diarrhea and even deadly diseases. Additionally, the stream is quite a distance from the village and often dries up during the dry season, making villagers walk even farther for unsafe water.
With the new well, "We are happy and praising God!" one villager said. The villager's gratitude showed the impact World Hope is having on communities, as they also seek to introduce individuals to the Living Water, Jesus Christ.
World Hope has other clean water and rural development projects in Sierra Leone, as well as in Cambodia, Indonesia, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. They can also use your help to fund more fresh water projects. Click here to get started or learn about other ministries World Hope is involved in.