Finally – A Borehole
From the very beginning, the buildings of the children’s home of New Hope Ministries were designed with a rainwater harvesting system with big underground storage tanks to provide water for everyone living on the compound.
But over the years, the rainfall patterns have changed and the dry seasons have become longer. Continuous water supply has become more and more of an issue, with us even having to truck in water for more than 100 children to bathe and do laundry during the three driest months last year.
Thanks to the generosity of a group of friends from a church in Sarawak, we were able to drill a bore-hole that is providing sufficient water for the boarding home. A local company with appropriate technology (simple but functional) was drilling for almost a month, with the bore-hole reaching over ninety metres deep.
A submersible pump has been installed, and this dry season we didn’t run dry! Work is well under way on additional storage facilities and distribution lines.
We are grateful to God for this answer to our needs, and to the people who allowed their hearts to be touched to give so generously.
Wolfgang and Heidi Oelschlegel are the Operations Managers at New Hope Ministries in Sanggau, West Kalimantan. New Hope is a Boarding Home that provides a safe and healthy environment for about 120 children from remote villages to grow in their love of God and reach their full potential.
They are also involved in holistic community development in the same region of Indonesia, supporting local congregations through teaching, training and the development of kindergartens.