Two evenings ago, Fr. Clement was driving through Damongo, when a group of young men made him stop his vehicle and then quickly surrounded him. Although first surprised, he noticed that every boy had broad smiles on their faces. “Father.” they said excitedly, “We have water!”

What better way to end a day than knowing that your efforts and generosity have allowed a town to go to bed happy and without thirst? Thanks to all who donated to this crisis. Through your generosity, we raised over $21,000 in about 5 days. The first amount has arrived in Damongo, and work began quickly. One main borehole is fixed, the new water tower is being built, and the other boreholes are in repair. We have found additional costs (as expected) as repairs have begun. Also as expected, nearby villages have heard that there is water in Damongo and are arriving to partake. We will be looking at some of their boreholes as well, so as not to overburden those that we have just repaired in Damongo.

Fixing borehole, Canteen

Fr. Clement lending a hand.

Fr. Clement lending a hand.

Fixing first borehole in Canteen, Damongo.

Fixing first borehole in Canteen, Damongo.

Excited about water

Excited about water

Water is flowing; life is good.

Water is flowing; life is good.

The relief of flowing water.

The relief of flowing water.

Just like the story or Jesus and the woman at Jacob’s well, you have stepped up for those you did not know, but dared to help.  They have received both water from the well, and a taste of “living water” through your kindness and generosity.   We at 72 Africa and the people of Damongo are eternally grateful.