Northants Lions Clubs raise £20,000 to repair wells in Africa

These women find it much easier to collect water for their families and they know it will be safe to drink
These women find it much easier to collect water for their families and they know it will be safe to drink
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Between 2001 and 2006, the construction of ten deep water wells, in the land-locked country of Niger, West Africa, was funded by Lions Clubs, including clubs in Northamptonshire.

Since then, the wells have continued to provide fresh, safe water to over 25,000 people in 10 different villages, plus all their animals and many passing nomads.

In 2011 a survey of the wells revealed that they were in need of repair or refurbishment.

The main problem was caused by desert sand blowing into the wells and building up in the shafts.

The survey also revealed that some of the concrete linings were damaged.

An appeal was launched to raise the £20,000 needed to repair and upgrade all the wells.

This was acheived over a two year period and the necessary work was put in hand.

Now at last the work is complete and the ten water wells refurbished, complete with new covers to keep out the sand and pulleys to help women collect water for their families.

Wellingborough & District Lions Club is pleased to see their support for this appeal come to fruition.