|Crossing the Kasai at Ndjoko Punda|
|Welcome to Ndjoko Punda|
1.8 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. This amounts to around 5,000 deaths a day. (UNDP)
At any one time, half the population of the developing world is suffering from one or more of the main diseases associated with inadequate provision of water and sanitation. (UNDP)
While the average North American uses 400 liters a day of water, the average person in the developing world uses 10 liters of water every day. (WSSCC)
Households in rural Africa spend an average of 26% of their time fetching water, and it is generally women and children who are burdened with the task. (DFID)
Received a short text from Stan today. Hope for Congo team were successful in getting their supplies flown in to Ndjoko Punda. Today was spent at church and in planning for the work that will begin on Monday.
Life at Ndjoko Punda is 7 hours ahead of central standard time here in the United States.
DHL shipment sent from Wichita Kansas included 2000 feet of pipe, ram pump, pipe fittings and miscelaneious supplies to finish water project at Ndjoko Punda. Pray that we can get it through customs without additional monies.
Stan Graber will be going with two friends, Fred Suter and Les Schlagal, who have also worked and served in the Congo, to Ndjoko Punda DRC leaving Tuesday March 5th.
Stan says, “The main reason for this trip is to install a hydraulic ram pump at a spring near the village of Ndjoko Punda where I grew up. This project includes laying 1500 feet of pipe and installing a storage tank at the mission hospital where there is currently no running water. This project has been in the works for three + years. Because we could not get quality material there we had to ship the pump, pipe, and parts from here even though it was very expensive. We will also be checking on the generator there which some of you helped pay for. It is unclear at this time how it is working. Keep in mind communication and logistics is a huge problem and a matter of concern for anyone praying about these projects.”
Watch for additional post over the next two weeks.
Plans are under way to finish up the water project at Ndjoko Punda. We have been delayed by lack of quality supplies available in Congo for this project. The decision has been made to purchase necessary waterline piping supplies and a ram pump here in the states.
Supplies will be sent DHL to Kinshasa within the next week. From there we will fly the supplies into Ndjoko Punda via MAF.
Stan Graber, Fred Suter and Les Schlegel will be leaving March 4, 2013 for the DRC. We have been encouraged by the contacts and networking that has materialized while we have waited for the details to come together. We make our plans, God directs our steps.
Pray that God will grant Stan, Fred and Les safety and success in completing this long awaited effort.
Pics to follow.