2019 starts our third year with the Chiyembekezo building program and we’re so close to the finish line! Today, as I look at this church going up, I can remember the many families entering the mud pit as we hand molded tens of thousands of bricks! I remember my own children running the molds to where they would be placed to dry in the sun. My thoughts go back recalling the two different teams from the USA that partnered with Chiyembekezo and physically took part in building the kilns. I’m so thankful for those who have financially given to make this project a reality. It’s been a long and muddy journey.
Clean, uncontaminated water is a huge problem for many villages. Surface runoff often finds its way into many of the shallow wells, making them unusable for drinking water. This particular problem is compounded because most wells aren’t sealed. I’ve been told many times how snakes or rats have periodically fallen in and died in the water. Without a way to remove the poison far below, the well is written off and closed down.