The community of Farafenni, The Gambia has an estimated population of 500 people. Janet, a Christian, retired Nigerian woman founded Able First Foundation School where a large majority of the children are from Muslim families. The students are hearing the Gospel presented on a daily basis.

A borehole was drilled recently on the school property and a solar pump, tower, and a holding tank were installed. Several spigots for use by the community were also installed. This new well is bringing focus to the school and people from the community are coming for the fresh water which helps to improve their overall health and nutrition.

The well was dedicated on March 24, 2018. The children of Able First Foundation School wish to thank the donors in America who gave to provide clean water for their school and for their family members. We also want to thank missionaries Scott and LaVonna Ennis for providing oversite for this project as well as other Africa Oasis projects throughout The Gambia in West Africa.

Retired Nigerian teacher started school for Muslim children.

Updated: Dec 7, 2018

Sekamaneng provides another model of AOP intervention. One of the most interesting factors is the villagers’ intent to link the supplying of accessible clean water to meeting additional community needs, namely providing food for parentless children in child-headed households. Consequently, the AOP intervention not only secured a reliable source for potable water, it contributed largely to building the capacity of the local community to meet other needs.

The following word image of a local pastor busily at work in the resulting garden project, is exemplary of the partnership buy-in of the local community, another core principle of AOP.

High in the mountains of Lesotho lies the village of Sekamaneng. The inhabitants live in mud huts and wrap in blankets in Southern Africa’s wintertime as protection against the cold and snow. This past Christmas (2007), the local Assemblies of God congregation in Sekamaneng was wishing for a well. The villagers needed a reliable source for potable water. They also were intent on growing vegetables to help feed a growing number of parentless children in child-headed households as a result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic throughout Africa.

AOP donors gave generously and the Sekamaneng well is providing water! During the past holiday season, AOP Team Leader Steve Evans and his wife, Glenda, travelled to Lesotho and to Sekamaneng. There they found a grateful pastor, not in suit and tie, but rather in blue coveralls, watering the new vegetable garden near the well. Pastor Sefuthi proudly showed the well, pump and storage tanks which answered their needs for water and increased their capacity to care for the children surrounding their church.

The Evans report, “As we drove away from this project, we saw many people with wheelbarrows loaded with all types of water containers. They were leaving the church grounds with the precious gift of clean water. While many in the world marvel at Christmas over sparkling jewelry or the latest electronic gadget, the villagers of Sekamaneng were overjoyed by something far more valuable…life-sustaining clean water, hauling it home in wheelbarrows!”

Updated: Nov 2, 2018

Mwanabaya village represents the typical issue of villagers living with unclean and inaccessible water supplies in Africa. This village story can be repeated innumerable times across the continent by just changing the name and location. It also demonstrates several key factors in AOP’s water initiative.

In the AOP approach to Africa’s water crisis, strong emphasis is placed on:

Community ownership, or buy-in – In Mwanabaya, it was actually the local pastor and congregation who brought the need to the attention of AOP. The end result of the villagers streaming to the well, without reservation, is a good indicator that the major stakeholders - the villagers – are indeed proud of their well!

Sustainability – adequate study was done to assure an abundant water supply. A pump was installed, not only to ease the labor of drawing water but also to enhance the sanitary transfer of deep-well water to the containers for transport home.

Capacity building – a local problem has been solved locally, in a manner that will not require long term or unending outside intervention. Water found just under their feet is brought to the surface to meet local need.

Follow up – AOP maintains interest in projects once completed. Ron Hanson’s return visit and testimony of the “sweet water” is an example. Not every project can be visited multiple times. However, our approach of working through our local affiliated church congregations gives us a permanent point-of-contact with the project.

Some people drive SUV's so they can feel a bumpy road and enjoy an extreme adventure. In Africa, rough bumpy roads are commonplace experiences in trying to find villages that desperately need running water. Such was the case last year when AOP traveled to the village of Mwanabaya in Tanzania. Bicycles seemed to rule the road, carrying containers of water for the village. The villagers indicated that the hard alternative for those without a bicycle was an 8-hour walk each day of the dry season to secure water. Even then, the water they got was so contaminated it had to be boiled before drinking.

Mwanabaya is a village of 2,000 inhabitants, predominately Muslim. The local Assemblies of God congregation is the only Christian group in the village.

A much-needed well would solve the hard search for daily water. With the local church instrumental in bringing the need to the attention of AOP, it would, no doubt, become a great witness to the Muslim community.

Thanks to the local church, and generous AOP donors, Mwanabaya’s well has been drilled, a pump installed and water available! This well is now the talk of the entire village. The local congregation has found a new way of demonstrating the love of Christ to their village.

Dozens of buckets from all over the village, are lined up every day, to get the water.

Ron Hanson, AOP Field Representative, recently reported, “I visited the well and drank the water. It is beautiful, sweet and clear water and the pump is easy for the women and children to use.”

According to Steve Evans, AOP Team Leader, “The well in Mwanabaya can be seen from the church door. Every day the pastor watches with joy as the village people bring their buckets for water. Hopefully, the church’s gift of potable water to the village will facilitate their spiritual mission of introducing Jesus, whom the Bible refers to as Living Water.”