“And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” (Matthew 10:42)
Andy and I regularly cook, shower, do laundry, and provide ourselves and our two cats with something to drink, without a thought as to the safety of the water we are using. We have no need to be worried about becoming ill or dying from waterborne diseases such as Typhoid or Cholera. While we are not personally affected by the lack of safe water, “roughly 12 percent of the world’s population, or 884 million people, do not have access to safe water.” Furthermore, “approximately 1.8 million children die each year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. This is around 5,000 deaths a day.” While we simply turn on a faucet to get access to water, for those in the developing world, this task is much more difficult. Many times, girls and women walk an average of four miles and carry around forty-four pounds on their heads to retrieve water for their families. The need to spend so much time and energy to fetch water each day coupled with illness caused by waterborne diseases does not leave room for consistent employment or education. Click here to learn more facts about how lack of safe water and proper sanitation affects those living in poverty.
Now that we have discussed the devastating realities faced by those without access to safe water, the question we must answer is, “what can we do?” Through Compassion’s Water of Life system which is part of the Complimentary Intervention program, more than a million gallons of pond, lake, river, or puddle water can be made safe to drink and use by removing all bacterial contaminants. Needing no replacement parts and only minimal maintenance, a Water of Life system can last a lifetime. When a family is provided with a Water of Life system, Compassion also trains the family on the use of the system and improving hygiene and sanitation.
Watch this video to see how Compassion’s Water of Life system is changing the lives of one child and her family.
This program is just part of Compassion’s mission of “releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name”. By providing a child and their family with access to the basic need of safe water through your one-time donation of $79.00, you can help Compassion to release that child from physical, educational, social-emotional, and spiritual poverty. Not only will that child’s health and educational opportunities improve, but they will learn of the living water only Jesus can provide.
“but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)