LIKE A REAL CITY
A large crowd of people – packed with young and old alike – congregate outside of the church. Loud cheers ring out as the soccer game, taking place nearby, continues. Today is the finals match, but that’s not the only reason the community has gathered together.
Word spreads fast around the small Colombian community: safe water has arrived. So they trek to the church to see it for themselves. Lined on the railings of the church’s front porch, cups of water are available for anyone and everyone. As a woman grabs a cup, she says to another, “It’s like we’re in a real city!”
Tucked deep in the rainforest, Macedonia, Colombia is a small indigenous community accessible only by boat along the Amazon River. In the past, its remote location has often limited the locals from enjoying “luxuries” available only in larger cities, including treated water. But not anymore. Today Macedonia has safe water…just like a “real city.”
A PROJECT THAT LASTS
Over the years, numerous well-meaning nonprofits, churches, or tourists have shown up in Macedonia with special “development projects” on hand. Because none involved the support or leadership of the local leaders, most projects failed in a matter of weeks. This left the people of Macedonia discouraged and cynical. Before the water project launched, the community spent years praying for a Christian, holistic, self-sustaining model that could offer Macedonia opportunities for physical, social, and spiritual transformation.
Sending a water treatment system into the heart of the Amazon Rainforest was no easy feat. Thankfully, tremendous teamwork and passion from the community drove the process from beginning to end. Once the equipment arrived in Leticia, the nearest city to Macedonia, it was loaded into a traditional una lancha (boat) and transported downstream.
After several hours, the equipment arrived safely and was installed quickly. Local leaders were trained to manage the water treatment equipment, teach health and hygiene classes, and create a business plan to ensure the project is a sustainable one. The physical and economic impact was almost immediate.
Macedonia is the first indigenous tribe in the Amazon to produce its own safe water.
“Never before had anyone explained to [Macedonia’s leaders] how to calculate a sustainable market price for a project. Never before had a project been linked to the potential for evangelism and service to all in the community, nor supported the existing efforts of the community to attract tourists who will stay overnight in the community.”
~Rich Mitchell, Executive Director of PIER Institute and Healing Waters strategic partner
This is just one of many stories we could share from 2013, Healing Waters’ most exciting year of ministry yet.
In the first six months of 2013, we launched as many projects as we did in all of 2012. We will finish 2013 with at least 35 new projects and 10 new countries throughout Central America, South America, and Africa. We thank God for His faithfulness. And we thank you for supporting this tremendous growth by praying for us and giving generously to safe water!
As 2014 approaches, our momentum on the ground only continues to build. When you donate to Healing Waters, you join a family of passionate people committed to changing lives around the world through safe water, health and hygiene education, and business training.
Our ministry depends completely on faithful ministry champions like you who follow their hearts so that others may live. Will you help us bring safe water to even more people and places in 2014?
The task is great – the rewards, even greater. Your gift of $25, $50, $100 or more means that infants, children, adults and grandparents will be nourished and nurtured through safe water projects.
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.