Death and sickness were two things Abhijun was familiar with. Including him and his family, many in his village and the surrounding area contracted serious illnesses such as typhoid from their drinking water. “We suffered from many sicknesses,” Abhijun said. “When our relatives come to visit us from the city, looking at the color of the water, they did not want to drink. Sometimes they managed to drink it, but they suffered from cold, cough and headache.” Gospel for Asia (GFA) is working toward the improvement of situations like Abhijun’s with its two major clean-water initiatives: Jesus Wells and BioSand water filters. In places where the water sources are almost completely contaminated, such as Lhepar, BioSand water filters are the best option.
An Answer for the Thirsty: BioSand Water Filters
For Abhijun and his family, a BioSand water filter, which purifies water up to 98 percent, was the perfect solution to their water crisis. Fortunately for them, GFA-supported worker Balash, who leads the local BioSand water filter program, happened to be in their area.
During his visit, Balash saw the water quality. Horrified, Balash asked the local GFA-supported pastor, Rajsari, if this was the condition of the water in the surrounding area.
Pastor Rajasri confirmed this, adding that the water in surrounding villages was significantly worse.
Motivated to help these families, Balash said,
“We will make some water filters and provide [them] to the villagers so they will be able to drink good and clean water.”
The GFA-supported worker immediately went to work, building the filters and distributing them to the thirsty villagers.
When water is accessible but dangerous to drink, BioSand water filters enable a family to purify dirty water, making it drinkable and safe to use. These filers make water 98% pure and last up to 20 years.
When Balash finished, 150 families in total, including Abhijun’s, were blessed with BioSand water filters!
“It is nice and tasty,” Abhijun remarks of the filtered water. “These days we also do not face any problems like sickness.”
Not only does Abhijun enjoy clean water, but his neighbors do as well. They come over to collect water for themselves and for their relatives. Abhijun’s relatives also no longer worry about the water.
“Now, we can drink pure water and be able to provide pure and clean water to others who come to our home. I am grateful to the church for providing a BioSand water filter to me. I appreciate the work of the church.”
Source: Gospel for Asia Features, Villages in Danger
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