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
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
"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
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.