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Celebrating World Water Day 2021!

AS WE CELEBRATE WORLD WATER DAY, SAMARITAN’S PURSE THANKS GOD FOR THE MANY LIVES TRANSFORMED AS WE PROVIDE CLEAN WATER AND SHARE HOPE IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.

Philip is a Kenyan tea farmer and devoted, loving father who has been diligently caring for his four children ever since his wife died suddenly several years ago. Yet, he’d been helpless to stop the relentless cycle of fierce pain his kids endured due to waterborne illnesses.

They were sick so often that sometimes they could barely finish their typhoid medication before they fell ill all over again. Typhoid — a bacterial infection that typically brings high fever, diarrhoea, and vomiting — and other illness plagued the little ones because they consistently drank dirty water.

Philip, who also often got sick, knew that the spring about a mile from his remote village home in Kenya wasn’t clean, but he felt his family had no other options. They needed water to survive.

“I had no hope for clean water,” he said. “There was nothing here.”

Clean Water Has Cascading Benefits

Two years ago, Philip saw God provide for his family in a way he never imagined. He received a household water filter from Samaritan’s Purse and his life hasn’t been the same since.

Philip and his children are finally healthy, which means the children aren’t missing lots of school, and that’s important to Philip. “I was not fortunate to go to school. I want my children to have a better life,” he said.

They now have clean, safe water not only for drinking, but also for bathing, cooking, and washing clothes.

And, Philip is saving money since the family is no longer weighed down by the burden of paying for expensive doctor visits and medication.

Like everyone who is provided a water filter, Philip was also trained by Samaritan’s Purse on how to use the filter and practice healthy hygiene. In addition, Samaritan’s Purse trained him as a health and hygiene resource for his community, helping to meet the physical and emotional needs in the households he visits.

“I am an ambassador in this community,” Philip said. “The entry point is clean water and hygiene in the home. When you meet the needs of others, people will see the love of God.”

Philip is grateful to God for taking care of his family and bringing hope to people in his community. His favourite Bible passage is Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd — and it has been true in my life,” he said.

Meeting Physical Needs Around the Globe

Samaritan’s Purse is bringing clean water to areas in desperate need all across the world, and we’re doing this in Jesus’ Name.

In addition to individual households, we’re also providing water access in impoverished schools and communities. Our teams are digging wells and water pans/ponds; setting up rainwater storage units; and restoring and rehabilitating water pumps, wells, and boreholes that have been unusable for many years.

We are also creating sanitation facilities such as hand-washing stations and latrines that will help people stay healthy and avoid waterborne diseases.

Please pray that as we continue to meet the physical needs for clean water, people will experience joy and hope for a brighter future.

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