Training Inspires, Propels the Solution in the Congo
For more than a decade, a local organization has focused on restoring human rights to the Pygmies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who have endured years of forced slavery by the region's other people group. The Water4-trained Ituri Drillers are a central part of that initiative.
Throughout 2014 the Ituri Drillers drilled water wells on the land acquired for the newly freed Pygmies, now numbering over 1,200. In June of this year, they attended training led in part by mechanical engineer and former Water4 intern Christelle Kwizera, who leads the Water4-trained Water Access Rwanda drill teams. Under her leadership, teams from around the region mastered VES Geological surveying techniques that will help them become more efficient by identifying potential underground water sources and the existence of hard rock before drilling.