First of all, we’d like to thank everyone who has donated so far to our Water Aid appeal, to help us dig boreholes in Zimbabwe. As we outlined in our last Snippets news, Zimbabwe has been suffering drought, particularly around the city of Bulawayo. In addition to the drought the old pipework and machinery is inadequate to get the water to households so many are having to collect water from bowsers located across the city or from those who have boreholes (sometimes at a cost). A number of our pastors and church leaders have been collecting water on behalf of the older church members and delivering it to their homes.
The good news is that we have already collected enough money for the first borehole. The initial funds have been sent to Zimbabwe to enable them to start the surveying and drilling on one of the church properties. The survey was due to take place this week, however, the seasonal rains have come which is both a blessing and a hindrance.
The heavy rains are helpful to water people’s gardens and to add to the reservoir levels, however, the rains make it difficult to get accurate readings for the location of the borehole so the surveys have been put on hold until there are 4 or 5 consecutive days without rain. As soon as the surveys have been completed drilling can begin.
The Water Aid appeal is still open if you would like to contribute. Please make your donations via the ActionOverseas website, direct to our account (Sort Code 16-33-09 Account Number 11154994) or send a cheque (payable to The Apostolic Church) to ActioOverseas Finance Office, 1 King Charles Avenue, Bentley, Walsall, WS2 0DL.
Our goal is to raise enough funds to drill 3 boreholes. The total cost = £10,500.