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Well building team from Legacurry Church returns home

John Sloan, Reggie Clark, John Urey, Tom Crawford and Robert McCullagh from Legacurry Presbyterian church

John Sloan, Reggie Clark, John Urey, Tom Crawford and Robert McCullagh from Legacurry Presbyterian church who have just returned from a two week trip, from November 14 to 28, to Burkina Faso where they were helping Christian charity organisations Friends in Action to drill wells to provide much needed drinking water for local people. photo by Ryan Patterson team

A TEAM from Legacurry Church have just returned from West Africa where they helped to provide water for four small villages in Burkina Faso.

John Sloan, Reggie Clark, John Urey, Tom Crawford and Robert McCullagh took part in a Friends in Action six week project providing wells for small communities.

They spent a fortnight helping to build the wells, in a country which has been rated as the third poorest country in the world and suffers from recurring droughts.

Some of the 50,000 fund from Legacurry Church was used in the African project (20,000).

The team, who as well as working in hot and dry temperatures, also spent a fortnight enjoying being amongst the community and discovering what it was like to live in Africa and they often had to contend with the odd snake and scorpion.

One of the members of the team Robert McCullagh spoke of his experience: "We discovered a lot about what it was like to live in Africa.

One of the most sophisticated toys we saw was children playing with toys made from paper and matchsticks.

"There were times when we had to contend with the odd scorpion and snake.

"We all found working in the project very beneficial and satisfying to know that you are working on a project which is not only long lasting but will benefit so many people."

The Legacurry team were just one of three other teams working on this particular project. A team from Lisburn Cathedral worked on it and members of the Friends in Action also worked on it.

While on the trip one of their members local farmer John Sloan also worked with local people to improve farming techniques in the area.

mary.magee@jpress.co.uk

21/12/2007