On Thursday 26th of April, LIV Business was incredibly excited to commemorate the official opening of the dam. With special guests from project partners, Aecom International and The Slev Group, the ribbon was cut and history made in seeing LIV become an eco-friendly village.
At around 2pm guests began to arrive at the dam wall, an impressive structure that can be seen from anywhere on the village.
After a tour of the dam and recent construction, the LIV Business team thanked all those involved and welcomed Tich Smith, founder of LIV Village, to say a few words. Through a mixture of laughter and tears, the visionary for LIV Village highlighted how closely business and the church had worked together on the project and how grateful we all are to God for making everything we do possible. He also spoke about how incredible it is to see how far the village as a whole has come in seven short years of existing and the incredible difference the dam and surrounding facilities will make to the lives of the children in the future.
Some of the LIV children had the privilege of being part of this momentous occasion, and cut the ribbon alongside some of our special guests. There was also great excitement as children released fish into the dam to commemorate the occasion. The dam currently has 16 fish in it and this number will increase in due course as the fish breed over the coming months.
Finishing off the afternoon’s activities, the team enjoyed a braai together and shared stories from the project and the wider village. The sun was beginning to set on a fantastic afternoon of celebration, closing the building project but welcoming the beginning of a new era for the village. The dam will fill slowly over the next year, and by this time next year there will hopefully be lots of beautiful fish, bird life and a lush green picnic spot for all our children to enjoy!
A huge thank you must go to all who were involved in this incredible project, Aecom, LIV Business and The Slev Group & Westwood Plant Hire. Our children will significantly benefit from this new addition to the village.