Water for Life – Compassion’s Solution to Undrinkable Water
When I lived in India, I learned how incredibly precious water is. There was a time each day that the water would flow into the well outside of the home I stayed in. The family lived in a 2 story home with another family above, so the well was shared.
The water only stayed for a certain time before it was released to the next home. I have no idea how it all worked, but it wasn’t always there. The mother, Raji, would take her pots and lower them to gather the water, then bring them back inside and pour them bit by bit into a stainless steel bin that had a crude filter inside. It took a log time for the water to drain into the bin below, and from there it was safe to drink.
When the water was gone – it was gone. It was chilling to think what might happen if the water stopped coming to their home. Unfiltered water was deadly to drink; India has rudimentary sewage treatment, if any, and waste from both humans and animals is often washed into drains and the water system because of the amount of it on the roads.
So when Compassion released this video about Water for Life below, it brought back a flood of memories. How sick those kids in the orphanage I taught at always were. How discolored the water was before it was purified. How the only reason we were able to drink like that was because the family I stayed with was upper cast.
Water of Life is designed to provide people all over the world with fresh, safe water. For $55 you provide:
- A safe water system that provides a lifetime of safe drinking water for a child and his or her family in developing countries.
- Education for improving hygiene and sanitation.
- Support for improving community water sources and sanitation where needed.
- All as part of Compassion’s trusted care for the whole child.
It’s a simple system, taking 5 minutes and using water from virtually anywhere, no matter how dirty.