Water for Life – Compassion’s Solution to Undrinkable Water

September 8, 2011

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.

Please consider donating to Water for Life, or sponsoring a child in the Compassion network. You can’t even imagine the difference you’ll make.





  • Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies

    September 8, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Compassion is simply amazing. From the minute we sponsored our first child, I have been blown away by how it has changed *our* lives when I thought I’d just be helping a child far away. Now, with a family of 10 CI kids, I am a huge advocate for this organization and all that they do. Thank you so much for spreading the word! If you’re ever looking for letter-writing inspiration, feel free to stop by my blog!

  • Beth Anne

    September 8, 2011 at 9:31 am

    We sponsor a child through World Vision, but it has already made such a positive impact in our life. Every night, we end prayers with “& God bless Momma, Daddy, Harrison, Tucker, & Marcos.” I want Harrison to know there’s a big world outside of himself & that he can change it.

  • Samantha

    September 8, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I love this. Thank you so much for sharing, I’m on my way to sponsor a child right now.

  • Erika @NAMAmmaSTE

    September 8, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Well that made me cry. I watch the commercials and tend to think, “I’ll do it later”. Or “How do I know what they use the money for, for real?”. But knowing that you’ve seen what goes on over there and you know which organizations to trust, and trusting you – I’m definitely talking to Andy about water for life and/or sponsoring a child tonight.

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