Jim and Faye Hocking and the well-drilling work of their organization, Integrated Community Development International (ICDI) are featured in the Summer, 2006 edition of “Pipeline,” the newsletter of Living Water International.
The article begins:
“The Central African Republic is in a precarious position, dangling between a path to progress and yet another violent eruption—not from within, but from external strife across its northern border. Although the 46-year-old country possesses a history ripe with conflict—its last government overthrow was only in 2003—it is now considered a haven for many Sudanese and Chadian refugees. Thousands of refugees from both the Darfur conflict and the internal rebellion in Chad have poured across the northern border of CAR and into its villages.
Overnight, communities of 2,000 have exploded to 10,000, but their resources of food and water remain the same. In a town just north of Mbres, nearly 9,000 refugees are settling in, building gardens and houses, and sharing one well with 2,000 locals who already live there. Originally meant to sustain 500 to 1,000 people, the foot pump now provides water for 10,000 men, women, and children and their livestock.”
To learn more about the Houston-based ministry, and how the Hockings and ICDI are working with them, log onto www.water.cc.