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Helping villages have clean water

Villagers in Fasin celebrate repaired water well that had not worked for four years. Some 1,000 here work on palm nut plantation.
Villagers in Fasin celebrate repaired water well that had not worked for four years. Some 1,000 here work on palm nut plantation. Photo: Photo by Elder Michael Kirkpatrick

ASSIN FOSO, Ghana — LDS Charities has been refurbishing 20 bore holes (wells) in the Assin Foso and Takoradi areas here for the past several months.

Stake and district presidents and local civic representatives have worked together with LDS Charities in determining which wells most needed repairing. In the village of Achowa in the Takoradi Ghana Stake, some 500 residents had not had anything but ground water that they could catch in a rain storm. Their well had not been working for 14 months.

In Fasin, some 1,000 people made a living harvesting red palm nuts for palm oil. Their bore hole had not provided any water for four years. Now that repairs have been done, they were getting clean water. They were so grateful they held a formal meeting in the center of the village during which their chief, Nanadomkor III, met with Elder Michael Kirkpatrick and Sister Marged Kirkpatrick and Elder Neil Darlington and Sister Marjorie Darlington, humanitarian missionaries who were inspecting the refurbished bore holes.

Along for the inspections was George Tetteh, the site supervisor who had been awarded the contract to refurbish the wells. He was not a member of the Church at the time his company received the contract, but he received a testimony during gospel discussions with Elder Darlington and was baptized in fall 2002. Known as "Uncle George" to his employees, he repaired a mechanical pump in the village Akonfurdi at his own expense after his baptism.

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