Trading Water Jugs for Backpacks

Trading Water Jugs for Backpacks
August 10, 2016 Guest

DID YOU KNOW THAT 443 MILLION DAYS OF SCHOOL ARE LOST EACH YEAR TO WATERBORNE ILLNESSES? OR THAT EVERY 90 SECONDS A CHILD DIES FROM A WATER-RELATED DISEASE?

When our children need a glass of water, all we have to do is get up and walk the necessary steps to the sink and turn on the tap. For the children of Veintiuno de Marzo, it has never been so simple.

Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Mexico, the little town of Veintiuno de Marzo is home to just 31 families. For many of them, the only way to make a living is to work as day laborers on nearby ranches and farms. There is no clinic in Veintiuno de Marzo, and no doctors or nurses.

For these families, clean water is unattainable. Due to its remote location, water providers refuse to travel there. Instead, they are forced to drink water from contaminated local streams. As you can imagine, without access to proper medical care water-borne illnesses are common and often go untreated.

Although 18% of the population is illiterate and the highest level of schooling is 3rd grade, today the parents in Veintiuno de Marzo are thrilled to finally be able to send their children to school, giving them the opportunity to learn — an opportunity they themselves never received.

However, without clean water their children will be forced to miss significant amounts of time in the classroom. Whether it’s time spent collecting water from the nearest river or time spent sick at home from waterborne illnesses, these children will miss a vital opportunity for a better life.

At Healing Waters we believe in the power of education, which is why we partnered with the people of Veintiuno de Marzo to bring their kids safe water and the opportunity to thrive in school. With a new water filtration system installed, the children of this community will be able to stay in school. Safe water access has provided them with hope and a brighter future.

This fall we have an incredible opportunity to create big impact for thousands of children in Latin America, just like the kids in Veintiuno de Marzo. With the help of a generous supporter, every dollar donated by new project funders will be tripled to help fund our safe water projects! That means that for every $1 you give, Healing Waters will receive $3!

For the children in these communities gaining access to safe water is everything. It’s the chance to stay healthy, go to school and pursue a brighter future.

It is unconscionable that a lack of clean water should take the life of a child under five, or stop one from getting an education. But the truth is that there are still over a billion people around the world drinking dirty water, including hundreds of thousands of children.

With your help they don’t have to. Join us in freeing children from the burden of unsafe water, giving them the chance to reach their full potential and make the world a better place.

Support this initiative and triple your impact by giving today!

“And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” – Matthew 18:5

 

We’re on a mission to end the global water crisis. We build holistic clean water solutions and spread God’s love in at-risk communities around the world, empowering people not just to survive, but to thrive – physically, socially and spiritually.