After more than eight years of development work in Africa, feeding orphans and bringing fresh water, George Klassen is seeing the fruit of his labour.
Klassen, through his non-profit organization Project Wellness, is seeing the orphans he's been feeding for years growing up and having improved lives - especially the girls who are turning into ladies, he said.
"They have tried to better themselves," Klassen said of the children he has fed and educated at two orphan care centres in Malawi, a land-locked country in southern Africa.
The Maple Ridge resident recently returned from Malawi, where he has overseen the drilling of 24 wells.
As he comes across young adults in the villages, "they say 'we are your children' - that's what keeps me there," he said.
Klassen, who is in his 70s, oversaw the drilling of the latest well this April.
The well was drilled in Kalitsiro village in the Ntcheu District.
The construction contract is always to drill the well 45 metres deep so it gives water during the dry season as well, Klassen explained.
In addition, he has been able to secure an acre of land in the village of Chinyamula, where one of the orphan care centres is located, for gardening. The second orphan care centre is in the village of Kasali.
Project Wellness is a non-profit organization founded by Klassen and his family, that runs under the umbrella of Amazon Evangelism.
For more information, people can visit their website at www.projectwellness.ca.
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