Creating a ripple
The Clean Water Solution
The widespread effects of dirty water are daunting, but fortunately the solution is simple. By providing a village with clean water there are some immediate impacts. Giving clean water allows a mother the ability to keep her children healthy, away from disease-ridden water that contaminates and pollutes. It gives a daughter the chance to go to school instead of walking for miles, wasting hours each day to provide water for her family. A newly drilled well gives a son the freedom to dream—and to learn a trade that will help prosper his village. Fathers receive a sense of dignity, pride, and purpose. Through the well, all are given the chance to know God and his love for them.
While our mission is simple—to provide clean, fresh water to the unreached and untouched across West Africa and India—the truth is that our impact stretches far beyond water. Realizing this, Water of Life commits to five crucial points of impact that we constantly strive to provide with every well we drill.
Give Clean Water
It may sound simple, but each well drilled transforms an entire village of 750-1500 people in an unreached region of the world. This changes the community’s health forever. By leaving the village with infrastructure and support for maintaining the well, clean water will continue flowing for generations to come. We also drill wells deep enough into the aquifer to run consistently throughout both the rainy season and the dry.
When a new water well is drilled in a village, almost immediately, children can return to school. With clean water comes improved health which leads to more days in school. And when this clean water is accessible, there is enough time for all children, boys and girls, to attend their classes. More educational opportunities leads to better economic prospects. Better economic prospects lead to more stable families in the future. To put it simply, giving a village clean water breaks the cycle of poverty by making education possible.
It is our core belief to not do for others what they can do for themselves. It is for this very reason that we are committed to using indigenous drilling crews. It supports the local economy by providing jobs and giving our crew members the ability to provide for their families. And honestly, they are better able to serve the villages we are reaching. They understand the language, and they understand the culture to build trust within the villages we serve. To learn first-hand what working as a member of the drill crew means to our employee and his family, read Saturday’s story here.
Disrupt the Statistics
In most of these villages, one of every three children die before nine months of age due to health issues associated with contaminated water. The foundational need for clean water literally saves 10-20 lives every year in a village.
There’s one more point of impact, and it’s the most important one. In everything we do, we believe we exist first and foremost to bring God’s love to people through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Understanding that Christ’s love is what drives us, empowers us, and challenges us to care for others, we’re committed to sharing and showing His love – the true water of life – in everything we do. With every person we come in contact with, we provide for not only their physical needs through clean water, but their spiritual needs as well.
It’s why, despite how much investment we’ve made in drill rigs, drilling teams, and well-drilling infrastructure, we’ve made an even bigger investment into our network of pastors across the regions we touch. From identifying and training to equipping and supporting, we’ve cultivated a growing relationship with thousands of pastors who know the area, live in the villages, and are indigenous to the area. These pastors are focused on building discipleship, community, and ongoing support to help those we reach with the Gospel grow in their walk with God and multiply our impact by sharing Christ with others.