It was only three weeks ago that Bishop Sixbert of Buyé diocese and Bishop Jane of Edmonton diocese announced a project to improve natural water springs in the village of Kiziba in Mwumba County, Burundi. The offertory collection from the service celebrating the 10th anniversary of Bishop Jane’s consecration in May will be directed toward this project, and it has already begun!
The Diocesan Secretary in Buyé, the Rev. Dominique Ciza, wrote on Wednesday to say:
"I hope this finds you well.
We are in the process of building Kiziba water spring. I hope to send you by next week pictures of how the activity is progressing. Meanwhile find (attached) the pictures of the spring we want to improve.
According to Edmonton's Diocesan Treasurer, the Rev. John Gee, the cost of improving a spring is approximately $1,000 US. This investment ensures that a village will have a supply of clean water indefinitely. The springs have no moving parts and require no energy source and little maintenance. All that needs to be done is to add pipes, gravel filtration, and a concrete wellhead to an existing natural spring so that the water can be used without contamination.