For the critics of the Church, we can never do enough. They criticize us for
being too little, too late, too much, not enough. It is amazing that BYU
students invented a human-powered well for people who have subsisted without
enough water for centuries. I've read about members going into countries
and helping to dig wells, helping the people dig trenches to place pipes to get
the water where it needs to go. In other words, they are helping the people to
help themselves. Some groups go into developing countries and throw around
money and help that will not be sustainable when they leave. The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps in thoughtful, inspired ways to help
people to help themselves.
=BYU posted a video about a human-powered well, the Village Drill, created by=BYU engineering students five years ago. According to the YouTube
description,=the well has now brought water to 23 different countries.
“We felt there was=inspiration throughout the design process,”
said Nathan Toone, a BYU graduate=in mechanical engineering. “And
the fact that there were families in Africa=that were waiting for this
drill was a great motivation the whole time.”The critics say
the LDS Church isn't contributing as much for disaster relief as some other
organizations, but I look at articles like this and I think, what is their
point? The LDS Church, or in this case BYU that it owns, has found a way to give
water to people who need it. Why is it an issue that some other groups may be
spending more money?