the clean water project's history
In 2006, we traveled to Zimbabwe, Africa for 30 days to share the truth about God with our brothers and sisters. This experience was life-changing as well as eye-opening for the crew. We were inspired by the character and energy of the people as they stood strong in the midst of limited resources, often due to the decades-long economic sanctions imposed by the United States government. The most heartbreaking piece of the journey was how local residents acquired water for their homes. We learned so much beyond our initial mission.
Before children begin their day, they must walk 4 kilometers to fetch water. Four kilometers is equal to 2.4 miles. Then they must start out again and walk another 10 kilometers to school, equivalent to 6.2 miles, and back. This trek happens twice daily, every morning and evening, to supply water to the family throughout the day.
One driving force that stood out to Pastor Stevie while in Zimbabwe was his experience of having to wash up in a bucket of cold water for two weeks. He said it was a humbling experience and it weighed heavy on his heart. The lack of a convenient water sourcemade him realize how difficult it was for these villagers to bring basic resources into the home. Pastor Stevie prayed, then made up his mind to do whatever he could to help ease the clean water disparity. This experience made him appreciate all the more the many blessings the Lord provides to him and his family.
PreacherHead returned to Zimbabwe in 2022 to build the first well. By this time, the minstry had raised enough money from your generous support to install or upgrade water systems at five different locations. It was a fantastic experience, that when completed supplied thousands of local residents, comprising some500 families with clean accessible water. People living in these villages will no longer have to walk miles each day to fetch water for their most basic needs.
Water insecurities are a major issue worldwide, even across the United States. When Pastor Stevie initially ventured to Zimbabwe, he was taken aback by the dire straits and water insecurities he witnessed. Pastor explains that we often take for granted such conveniences as running water for flushing a toilet, food preparation, washing clothes and bathing. We are so accustomed to turning a nozzle or flipping a switch that disperses water any time we desire it As a result, when we are in the comfort of our homes we don’t usually consider the extremely challenging conditons that many people face around the world. Conditons that often prevent them from pursuing the simple joys of life.
The cost to bore a well is $4,500. This figure is determined by the cost of materials in Africa, the difficulty in transporting these materials into remote areas, and the heavy equipment needed to drill deeply, often through rocky soil. These wells typically span 50 or more feet deep and work best when there is plenty of groundwater. A well in Africa produces 2,000 gallons of water per second and lasts for about 20 years on average.
PreacherHead Ministries, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) registered in Illinois since 2006 and will be returning to Zimbabwe to check on and maintain the water systems already in place, and with your help, drill more wells and help upgrade additional water systems. Some villages have wells but lack adequate storage tanks. Some have old corroded pipes with limited taps. Imagine dozens of people waiting in line each day for access to one water faucet. We witnessed for ourselves the long lines caused by this very situation. Despite this daily inconvenience, we were impressed by how patient and courteously people treated each other We encourage you to invest in helping to ease such hardships with a generous donation to the Zimbabawe Clean Water Project.
To garner a comprehensive understanding of what water insecurity looks like in Zimbabwe and how to support this initiative, visit this link: https://preacherhead.org/africa-clean-water-project/
We are asking for your monetary support to build wells for Zimbabwe villagers experiencing water insecurity. PreacherHead will be returning to Zimbabwe soon to continue this work.