“Life was hard before the well and the garden were here,” explained Lucia as she talked about the time when the land had dried out and the people of her small village of 18 families in Zimbabwe languished. “People suffered…the water we used to use was unprotected. It was unhealthy to drink, but we just drank it anyway.”
Leonard, the village elder, added, ” Our cries and prayers were answered.” Africa Development Mission put in a well for the 18 families in Masungo Village. Now, not only did the village have clean water to drink, cook and bathe with, there was an abundance of water left over. At a village meeting, Leonard says the entire village enthusiastically said, “We should have a vegetable garden.” No one had anyway to put individual gardens by their homes, but collectively they decided to build a garden next to the well.
“Life has been made easier because the garden is here. Now, with my own garden, and water being available, I can get my vegetables when I want them,” adds Lucia.
Leonard ends with, “Water is a precious liquid. This clean water, that we were blessed with by God, has had a very big impact on the livelihood of the families in the village. Clean water changes everything.”
CALL TO ACTION; If you’d like to be a part of helping other villages in Zimbabwe get access to clean water, contact Africa Development Mission.
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