Springs of living water….

Some of you might remember this post from a few weeks ago….

Living of grid is satisfying and adventurous most of the time, that is as long as your water supply doesn’t dry up! We have not had rain for months. Our rainy season didn’t happen and we are officially living in a state of drought. Farmers the province over are battling with the lack of water for their various farm needs. And Hope Farm is included in this drought emergency. Their source of water dried up to a trickle and when you have a heap of kids and farm animals this is a HUGE issue.


The stream was down to 5cm across and full of mud. Andrew hired a digger and dug out the dam. It has started to fill but it is going to take at least a month to fill up and then another month for the sediment and silt to settle.


Hope farm runs on this water supply and rain water for drinking. The problem is no rain. SO now the family is having to buy drinking water, when you have large family, buying drinking water every day is just not an option. So how can we resolve this issue?

We have the answer. Our farm has unlimited pure spring water from a borehole on our property. We pump water up and fill our tanks every couple of weeks. We have enough water for both our family and Hope Farm family, only problem is our generator is not big enough to pump water for us all.

So we need a bigger generator and a heap of piping. A bigger generator means that we can supply our dear friends with clean pure drinking water for their family. For them this will be life changing. At the moment the water that comes out of their taps is not fit for drinking at all. Even if it was filtered or boiled it wouldn’t be clean enough. There is no rain on the horizon. The Hope Farm volunteer campsite can not open and opening the baby home will be on hold until there is clean water coming from the taps of Hope Farm.

So I’m wondering if you can help? We need around 3,500 GBP 5,400 USD  Can you donate to help us get the correct size generator and piping for us to complete this life changing task?  If you are in a position to help us please go to PayPal and donate to our account…. add the word “WATER” to the note. The account name is…



The Lord will guide you always;
    he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
    and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
    like a spring whose waters never fail.
 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
    and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
    Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

Isaiah 58 11+12

Thank you for your ongoing love and support

Love from the Downs family.