Roughly $82,000 for well projects in Tanzania was collected by the Western Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Christ Lutheran Church, Grace Lutheran Church and St. Olaf Lutheran Church contributed, helping to exceed the initial goal of $30,000 for the project.
The Western Iowa Synod Well-Drilling Project is a partner project with its companion synod, the Southern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Congregations were encouraged to raise awareness about the perils of drinking unclean water, and to collectively raise $30,000 by bringing their offerings to the Synod Assembly, held in Sioux City on April 26-28.
All donations will go toward drilling wells, which will provide clean, safe water for the Tanzanians to drink.
Since the need for clean water sources was first recognized in 2004, the Western Iowa Synod has not only raised money, but has shipped equipment for drilling wells and has trained Tanzanian people to operate the equipment to drill the wells. More than 47 wells have been drilled and are now in use today, providing clean, safe water to hundreds of thousands of Tanzanians. This assembly offering will allow the addition of as many as 27 more wells.
For more information or programming about the Western Iowa Synod Wells Project in Tanzania, contact Cynthia Wells, Global Programs coordinator at the synod office in Storm Lake, (712) 732-4968, extension 441.