Today is World Water Day and we are so excited to participate in providing clean water to children and their families in villages across India! The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. Rural India accounts for over 11% of the people without access to clean drinking water — over 88 million people.
So how does unclean water in India affect children?
For many villages, their daily commute to the nearest “clean” water source is nearly 2 miles. But even their “clean” water well isn’t clean at all. The water continually makes people sick. And during the dry summer season, the well would completely dry up.
Many women in India are forced to walk an average of 1.2 miles to fetch clean water for their daily duties such as cooking, cleaning, bathing, washing, waste disposal and more. But because of all that they have to do to take care of their family, mothers often have to send their children to fetch clean water for them. This takes time away from them being in school and getting a good education which prevents them from achieving a good income earning job later in life that in return contributes to the cycle of poverty.
Love One More is an affiliate of India Gospel League North America which provides clean water to children and families in India. As part of our effort to transform communities in rural India, India Gospel League has provided clean water wells to many rural villages, impacting thousands of families and communities each year! Breaking through the caste and economic barriers, India Gospel League and Love One More provided free water to everyone in the village, knowing that, beyond the improved living conditions, each well is a witness to the love of Christ being poured out in the village.
Now these women no longer need to spend hours every day fetching water, allowing their daughters the freedom to attend school.
You can touch the lives of children and their entire community by giving to clean water! One water well costs $1,250, but a gift of any amount will make a difference. Will you consider contributing $25, $50, $100 or even $1,250? Give now or sponsor a child to help give clean water!
“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:38