You gave me something to drink

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Lack of clean water is the cause of millions of deaths around the world each year. Many families are forced to walk for hours to find the nearest source of water, but often this water is harmful and dirty. Innumerable diseases and other health problems could be prevented if only adequate clean water was available to those around the world who are desperately need it.

Construction of the water tank – November 2011

Our partner Water 1st International is aware of this great need and is doing something about it in a community in Ethiopia called Tute Kunche. Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world; it is also a country with one of the lowest standards of living. 10% of children are not expected to live past age 5, and a major cause of this is poor hygiene and the lack of safe water.

Through our partnership, Water 1st hopes to provide 3,050 people in the community with clean water and improved hygiene through the construction of a deep well, six public water points, and a water storage tank.

Completed water tank – February 2012

The construction of the 20,000 gallon water storage tank began in November (above), and we recently received the good news that it has been completed (left)!

In addition to building the well, water points, and storage tank, the community has been receiving hygiene education, focusing on the use of latrines, frequent hand washing, and hygienic disposal of household and animal waste. Tute Kunche residents are then encouraged to share what they have learned with their neighbors.

Community hygiene education

Thank you for your support of our water project in Ethiopia. We love this project because it not only saves lives, but it transforms the community through education and participation. Together, we are living out Jesus’ commandment in Matthew 25.35: For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. For more information, click here.

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