Death and sickness were two things Abhijun was familiar with. Including him and his family, many in his village and the surrounding area contracted serious illnesses such as typhoid from their drinking water. “We suffered from many sicknesses,” Abhijun said. “When our relatives come to visit us from the city, looking at the color of the water, they did not want to drink. Sometimes they managed to drink it, but they suffered from cold, cough and headache.” Gospel for Asia (GFA) is working toward the improvement of situations like Abhijun’s with its two major clean-water initiatives: Jesus Wells and BioSand water filters. In places where the water sources are almost completely contaminated, such as Lhepar, BioSand water filters are the best option.
An Answer for the Thirsty: BioSand Water Filters
For Abhijun and his family, a BioSand water filter, which purifies water up to 98 percent, was the perfect solution to their water crisis. Fortunately for them, Gospel for Asia (GFA)-supported worker Balash, who leads the local BioSand water filter program, happened to be in their area.
During his visit, Balash saw the water quality. Horrified, Balash asked the local Gospel for Asia (GFA)-supported pastor, Rajsari, if this was the condition of the water in the surrounding area.
Pastor Rajasri confirmed this, adding that the water in surrounding villages was significantly worse.
Motivated to help these families, Balash said,
“We will make some water filters and provide [them] to the villagers so they will be able to drink good and clean water.”
Learn more about how to provide clean water to families and villages through Jesus Wells.