WELL N E SS A DVO CAT E S S E RVE
he Hardie family has a long
history of adventure and
humanitarian efforts all over
the world, but they have a special place
in their hearts for Mozambique. Ginna
(Hardie) Cross (now a Blue Diamond
with dōTERRA) volunteered to be a nurse
in Mozambique in 2007. When her family
visited her, everyone fell in love with the
people and the culture. Now in 2016, Josh
and Sarah Hardie own a farm there called
the Deep Roots farm, and, with Ginna’s
help, they have big plans for what they call
the Garden Well Project.
WHAT IS THE GARDEN WELL PROJECT?
In the most basic terms, the Garden Well
project is focused on water. Without water,
very little can be done to change the
circumstances most Mozambicans face.
Many people have to travel miles to have
clean water to drink. Ginna elaborates,
“Many women’s lives are consumed in
getting water for their families, children too.
When the children have to go and haul the
water, they can’t go to school because it
takes up the whole day. If wells are too far,
people often dig sink holes for water, which
is a huge source of sickness and disease.
They are also not able to irrigate or grow
food without water. That results in a lot of
months of hunger for a lot of people.”
Originally, Josh and Sarah started a farm
called the Deep Roots farm to support the
efforts of another humanitarian business
organization called Communities of Fusion.
The well project wasn’t even a reality yet.
But, in 2015, the purpose of the farm quickly
grew. It had been a bad year for the crops in
their region as heavy rains had destroyed
the plants. At that point, Josh and Sarah
struggled to know what to do. By July,
many local people were already hungry,
though the hungry months were not usually
until November. After talking to the people
about what they needed most, they deter
mined that digging wells was the answer.
FUNDRAISING FOR THE WELL
Sensing that there were many others that
could help them in their cause, Sarah and
Ginna focused on fundraising efforts so
that they could put in the first well. Sarah,
a gifted photographer, put together a video
to help get the word out about the project.
Sarah says, “We all have this desire to use
our gifts for something greater than just
making a living. Over time, we’ve each seen
how all of our gifts and abilities are being
used with this project in a way that we
never even dreamed.”