Fauna’s daughter was sick again. This time it was Cadee’s kidneys, the latest ailment in a steady stream of waterborne health issues. Once again, doctors recommended clean water along with medication. Once again, the news saddened Fauna’s heart, for they had no clean water to drink. Would their stream of waterborne troubles ever cease?
An Elusive Cure
Living in a remote village, Fauna and her family had no access to clean water, proper schools or proper hospitals. The only water pump in the area was too distant for Fauna to collect water from. Instead, her family drank dirty water from unprotected sources, frequently suffering as a result. They are just a few of the 144 million people worldwide who depend on surface water from ponds, rivers and the like for their daily needs.
Surface water is frequently tainted with arsenic, fecal matter or other pollutants. Prolonged exposure to contaminants such as arsenic increases the risk of cancer and disorders in the kidneys, liver and reproductive organs. Fauna longed to protect her children from such sickness, and it pained her heart to helplessly watch Cadee’s suffering.
The simple gift of clean water enables families to live healthy lives. It can even save lives. Every year, 1.8 million people, mostly children under the age of 5, die from diarrheal diseases such as those caused by unclean water. You can help Gospel for Asia (GFA World) provide lifesaving, clean water through Jesus Wells and BioSand water filters. These initiatives not only meet urgent practical needs, but given in the name and love of Christ, they can also transform lives.
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