The Plymouth Church & Pommerin
Africa Exchange Project Success Story
The Plymouth Church in Framingham, United Church of Christ, has engaged in international outreach for decades. The Africa Exchange Project, our most recent and largest scale effort, has provided a deep and dynamic relationship with the community of Pommern, a rural village in Tanzania, East Africa. Several members of our congregation traveled there in 2007, where they discovered that the only source of water for the community was a contaminated river three miles away. Since 2007, the Africa Exchange Project has been committed to bringing fresh water to Pommerin and the surrounding areas by installing simple mechanical wells near the homes and schools in the community.
In 2008, we brought a choir from this village to Massachusetts, to perform in dozens of concerts, raising money to support the drilling of these wells. To date, we have drilled 35wells in the Pommerin vicinity, which provide fresh, clean water to thousands of people. In addition, our efforts have expanded to include providing funding for building schools, and helping to train and pay teachers.
Our Exchange Project Continues
We are happy to announce that in July 2015, a group of 14 adults and young people traveled to Africa, to continue to build and deepen our relationship with the people of Pommerin. We were able to check in first hand with on-going projects and the people we support, to listen to the village leaders about ways in which we can continue to help their community thrive, and to take part in projects including installing a new well, teaching, and building maintenance. As we debrief from this trip and regather our focus and our energies, we will reinvigorate our fundraising efforts so that we can continue to offer our assistance with well drilling and education funding. We are also exploring ways in which we can assist with the medical dispensary in Pommerin to help sustain healthy families and build healthy communities.