The people of a village in Zimbawe used to walk 10 km to draw water from shallow wells. The water in the wells was infected with water-borne diseases. Women from the village sometimes made this journey several times a day, carrying 23 litres of water on their head each time. In May 2017, this all changed. The village, now has water. The new borehole provides fresh water for about 7000 people living in the area, supplying water to 7 schools and 700 rural households. The water is not just for drinking, it’s good for cooking, washing and even farming. Can you imagine how their lives are changed?
But how did it happen?
On the other side of the world a school boy, a 79-year-old man, a family, a church, a youth group, a school decided that they would do something to give water to this thirsty world.
And what you get is not a trickle, but an outpouring of water!
Here's what happened. The boy listened to a guest speaker sharing about the need to provide clean water for bonded slave workers at Pakistan's brick kilns. He was moved to donate some money. But this wasn't enough, he wanted to do more. So he decided to fundraise for water, to multiply the amount he could give. Every ten dollars raised turned into a hundred. Before long 11-year-old, James raised over $1,300.
And each story is the same, but of course, a bit different.
The 79-year-old man was asked by his friend to swim laps to raise money for water. At first, he hesitated. He wasn't so sure about the swimming bit, and he wasn't sure about asking his friends for money. But he did it. Ron was stoked when he raised $2,425. He learned that his family and friends were excited about his effort and everyone wanted to support his effort to give water. A local radio station even interviewed him about it!
The church in Lane Cove ran a fundraising dinner. The youth group in Port Macquarie organised a community car wash. The school in Dee Why ran a sponsorship fundraiser at their swimming carnival, and the family in Sutherland gave up drinking everything but water for a week. These are just some of the many individuals and groups who donated and fundraised to give water through Anglican Aid's new water campaign Waterworks for a Thirsty World.
Launched in 2017, the campaign raised $230,000 towards water projects in various parts of the world. Working with trusted partners, Anglican Aid, through Waterworks for a Thirsty World was able to support water provision, water education and water infrastructure in countries such as Pakistan, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Rwanda.
Waterworks is back on in 2018. Our projects support water provision, water education, hygiene and sanitation in countries including DR Congo, Ethiopia, Jordan, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia. Water is still a huge global issue. 1 in 9 people don't have access to safe water, and 1 in 3 don't have a proper toilet. Lack of water means individuals get sick, communities suffer and sustainable development is not possible.
Can your family raise $350 for hygiene and sanitation education at a school in Tanzania? Or can your church raise $1,600 to install a water tank for a village in Rwanda? $10,000 is desperately needed to construct toilets at a new Bible school in the DR Congo. Can you be a multiplier of grace to give water to this thirsty world?
The official Waterworks Week is the 10-18th March (in conjunction with World Water Day on 22nd March), though you can fundraise throughout the year. Sign up or donate today.
Water really works!
Article originally appeared in February 2018 Eternity News.