From July 11th- 18th, 2014, Bethany Church of Wyckoff, New Jersey, and Bethlehem Assembly of God of Valley Stream, New York teamed up for a week of service in the adopted community of Dicanesti, Romania. Dicanesti has been sponsored through the Adopt-a-Community program by Bethany Church in partnership with Calvary Lighthouse of Lakewood, New Jersey. This was our fourth and final joint trip. Throughout the week, the team engaged in several days of children’s programs that included songs, dancing, stories, face painting, balloons, puppets, and other games. We also cleaned around the local community center and rebarred iron pillars on the roof. While this was going on, other team members were helping with the installation of water pipes that now bring fresh clean water from the town to the Roma settlement, some 600 meters (656 yards) away. The team played an integral part in making this happen as they dug trenches and installed pipeline. This is the first time that this community has had running water. Thanks to the support of this project, we will also be able to bring electricity to many homes in the village later in the year. Thank you to Bethany Church, Bethlehem Assembly, and Calvary Lighthouse for your support and the hard work invested into this project. The compassion and care shown for the people of Dicanesti over the past few years is immeasurable and will have lasting effects for years to come. Stories from previous trips can be found here, here, and here. To donate to this project, click here.
Lack of education, access to clean water, and poverty resulting in poor health, remain major challenges in Sudan. Convoy of Hope Europe (COHEU) is partnering with the Educational Development Organization of Sudan (EDOOS) to provide education and clean safe water. The COHEU water program is centered on the purification of surface water by the use of (CAWST) bio-sand water filters. The Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) has worked for decades developing this sustainable, bio-sand filter for rural villages in developing nations. The filter is made from locally available materials and can last 50+ years. COHEU and EDOOS are training the local Sudanese in rural communities to build and maintain these water filters. In addition, education is given on how drinking water is linked to human health. Adam Mohamed is from the Gimir tribe in Darfur. In 1983 he and his friends left Darfur because of the devastating draught, which was killing all the livestock. Traveling to Masna, he found work in a sugar factory until he fell ill with a terrible burning sensation throughout his body. Desperate to find relief, he was taken to a witch doctor who gave him a mixture of herbs to take. Not getting any better, he continued to search for help. He heard about the COHEU water filters and requested one. When the team arrived he told them he had been sick for over 4 years and would do anything to get well. Adam’s family now filters their water and they no longer suffer from stomach related illnesses. The family is once again living a happy life. COHEU is actively looking for funding to continue this program. Building a water filter, that can provide one family with safe, clean drinking water for the next 50 years costs 180 Euros. Will you consider helping us to provide clean water for more families in the Sudan? To contribute to this project or projects like this: DONATE Thank you!