The Plymouth Church & Pommern
On Saturday, March 14, 2015 we are planning a fun and exciting fundraising event: An Evening of Magic at Plymouth Church. The event will start at 6 PM and will include dinner, a fabulous magic show, storytelling, prizes and much more. It will be held at Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Rd. in Framingham, MA. Check out our event flyer here. Tickets are $30 per person and available online from the link below.
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 Pommern 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 32 wells in the Pommern 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.
We are happy to announce that in July 2015, a group of 14 adults and young people will be traveling to Africa, to continue to build and deepen our relationship with the people of Pommern. We will be 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 prepare for this trip, we are ramping up our fundraising efforts so that we can continue to offer our assistance with well drilling and education funding.