Around six years ago, Bradley Sunrise Rotary started pooling their resources to take their philanthropic operation global. With around $13,000 in donations, they secured two other donations from …
Around six years ago, Bradley Sunrise Rotary started pooling their resources to take their philanthropic operation global.
With around $13,000 in donations, they secured two other donations from partnering clubs in Mississippi and a matching grant from Rotary International, giving Pastor Koku Loku around $116,000 to establish a well for a village of Togo, Africa.
Recently, Loku came back to Bradley Sunrise Rotary to share what their donation has done for the village and the 60,000-plus children under the care of Compassion International in Togo, too.
“It was not easy,” Loku said. “We had many obstacles … We had to dig the well 719 feet deep.”
Part of what made this and other projects difficult was the lack of reliability with certain services. He said in the process of installing a septic tank for the village and a generator for a much-needed hospital, in addition to the deep well, many people who he hired to help didn’t show up. He said the tests for local water sources were also unreliable, so they went the extra mile to make sure they have clean water.
Now, that clean water can act as a source of income, too. Loku said they are able to sell some of the water that is now accessible with the well to boost their income, which goes right back to helping children.
The donation has not only helped them establish clean water and a valuable source of income, but it has also brought water for their crops. Okra, he said, is among one of their favorite crops to grow. A fish farm, as well, has been the result of Rotarians’ donations.
“It is worth it. These children are so special, and when you see the look on their face, it is worth it,” he said.
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