“And whoever gives a cup of cold water to one of my disciples, I promise you, he will not go unrewarded” (Matthew 10:42, TPT).
It may sound obvious, but a dry season is a time when rain simply does not fall. All over the world, dry seasons come once a year. People plan around their dry season, preparing their lives for a time when little rain will fall. Water reservoirs slowly empty as families focus on the day when rain will come again.
ERDO’s Clean Water Projects
ERDO brings clean water and hygiene programs into communities that are facing dry seasons, experiencing drought, and drinking from contaminated water sources. In Honduras, we have been installing household and school biosand water filters to help families and students clean their drinking water and avoid illness. Last year we installed a new school washroom in an extremely low-income school in the mountains surrounding Tegucigalpa.
When ERDO drills new wells, installs washrooms, handwashing stations and water filters, we see a huge improvement in people’s overall health. Childhood illness is reduced and school attendance increases. Adults do not miss work due to waterborne diseases, and they can take better care of their families. We know that access to clean water make a huge difference—cup by cup.
This year, we are launching a new campaign called a Million Cups of Water. Our goal is to raise $100,000 for clean water programs and supply one million cups of water to people in need this year. It is an ambitious goal, but one that will continue helping people for many years to come.
Funds raised through Million Cups of Water will create clean water wells in places like rural Bangladesh. Working with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Bangladesh, we have a long history of installing deep tube wells to keep families from drinking water that is laced with arsenic and other toxins. In these small communities, most people work as day labourers, travelling to larger cities each morning to find a job for the day. But working presents a problem. Since families must travel several hours to collect clean water, they will miss the opportunity to find a job for the day. If they do not collect water, they will return home exhausted at the end of the workday to find they have no water in their house. Since water is necessary for cooking, they will not have an evening meal or anything to drink.
Both Parvati and Mitali lived for years without access to clean water and suffered deeply every day worrying about where they would find water. Thanks to the incredible generosity of Canadian churches and donors, ERDO was able to help families like theirs.
To join in providing one million cups of clean water to families in need, donate today or download resources to start your own fundraiser.