8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8
As a missionary, I have visited several times Bakanou A village. The village is full of natural beauty and resources, but it has the highest number of people lacking access to safe, drinkable water. It is situated at 85 Km outside of Abidjan city in Cote D’ivoire. The village has a strong rural United Methodist Church where the members are very committed to fight poverty. The village has almost two thousands families but with two boreholes only; sometimes the purity of the drinking water from the boreholes is questionable.
When there is no water; the villagers are using water from a stream which is not near the village. There is a problem obtaining good drinking water. The villagers and specially women are carrying water in pots on their heads; and there are several miles between the village and the stream. The water which is coming from the stream is always contaminated with diseases such as bilharzia, sleeping sickness, river blindness, guinea worm, and malaria. Besides these, diseases such as cholera, typhoid fever, dysentery and pneumonia continue to kill children in record numbers. Bakanou A village has a small medical center without a maternity.
One or two boreholes again will take care of the water needs in the village. The villagers can’t afford the pumps, or the necessary equipment to have the boreholes drilled. Ending Poverty begins with clean water. Without clean water, the possibility of breaking out of the cycle of poverty is incredibly slim. Would you take a minute and see how you can help others. Let us come together to transform lives to get access to safe water. You can make a huge impact. You can help to bring positive change in Bakanou A village.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me … And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” (Matthew 25: 35, 40, ESV)
Children at Bakanou A village with firewood
The road to Bakanou A village.Pastor Vry Thierry Joel at Nazaret UMC, in Bakanou A village,
calling church members for a fundraising on community project.