Water Brings Joy to a Village

Water plays a vital role in our life; unfortunately, access to clean drinking water still remains a challenge in Haiti. “According to the UN, water-borne illnesses are one of the leading causes of death in Haiti. Some 38% of Haitians lack access to safe drinking water, and only 24% of Haitian families have access to proper sanitation.” World Bank aid to address ongoing sanitation needs.
Due to our donors and financial partners, the people of Malet, a community located in Camp Perrin in the south of Haiti, were granted their first water well.
Matan, 43-year-old woman on the right of this picture, a mother of three children took us through her journey. “Since I was a little girl, water has always been a challenge. I had to walk 30 minutes back and forth. With a bucket of water on my head, when I got home my parents used a small portion to cook and wash dishes. We were able to do a little wash-up only with the amount of water we had left in the bucket. It was very rare to have enough water left for a complete bath.
Unfortunately, my children have known the same situation. I have two teenage girls. When they were going to fetch water, I felt worried because people can sexually abuse or harass them.
My daughters walked all the way down through a rocky mountain to collect non-potable water. People bathe in the same water we drink. When you find a lot of people there you have to wait for all of them to finish filling their buckets and taking their baths before drawing,” added Matan.
She continued, “Now we have a clean water well in our village so we will not get sick anymore from bad water. This water well God provided us has great value for us living in Malet. We know that our bodies will be healthier, our children won’t have to miss school because of sickness from bad water; they will have more time to study and be in school on time.”
Matan was excited to share her joy with us because the life of the people in the village of Malet will change. “I wish I had the opportunity to meet with my benefactors to give them a hug for gifting us with this water well! May God continue to bless the donors in every aspect of their lives! May the Lord free their bodies from disease and bless them morning and night. Because of this water well, my daughters will not have to walk miles to gather a cup of water; we will be able to bathe more often and drink clean drinking water.”
Dear prayer partners, all Water for Life staff join their voices to the beneficiaries’ hearts to voice their gratitude and thanks for your prayers and financial support. You are doing such a great act of love and compassion anytime you provide a cup of clean water to the thirsty people and the dry land of Haiti. As our Lord and Savior Jesus said, “And who ever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”
Praise the Lord, because of you, prayer partners and financial supporters, every day around five hundred thousand people in Haiti get their portion of clean water because of your faithfulness to our Lord’s calling. Deuteronomy 15:10 says, “Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.” (NIV). May God’s blessings be richly poured out on you!

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