A Cup of Cold Water: “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” (Matthew 10:42)
Everyday, women and children all over the district of Kamwenge walk miles down a “road of death” to fetch their daily water. This water isn’t even clean – it’s filled with all sorts of water-borne diseases.
The diseases found in unclean, contaminated water kill 1.8 million children every year globally. Because of diseased water, many people in poverty-stricken areas suffer severe health problems. Sadly, they are unable to fix the situation because they are too poor. But UVRC can step in and provide the help they desperately need.
In Matthew 10:42, Jesus urges us to give water to the thirsty. Taking this call to heart, V40RC shall work with partners to implement water provision projects for suffering communities, delivering fresh, clean water to these “little ones.”
New water well offers relief in so many ways: it stops disease, promotes healthy bodies, and provides the means for families to become self-sufficient by growing their own gardens and caring for their own animals.
Clean water is absolutely vital. With clean water, these thirsty communities can do more than merely survive – They can truly have life! Just as this water brings them physical life and health, these wells stand for years as a reminder of the Living Water: Jesus Christ. The clean water they receive every single day lets them know that God truly loves them.
By the year 2040, the drilling of fresh water wells will reach a good number of communities with clean water. With more than 1500 wells put in use, each serving an average of 130 people, the estimated target number of changed lives will reach 195,000.
The average cost of each well is $2,400. Each well provides water for 130 people or more. This means that a person can receive a lifetime of clean water for as little as $18.5.
This water project will be an exciting demonstration of God’s love because clean water really can change everything!
UVRC will use a combination of appropriate water technologies, water health education and basic research so that communities can identify and solve their water problems.
Our mission is not to simply provide safe water to those in need, but to train individuals and communities to create and maintain their own local water resources. We shall do so by a highly interactive process combining formal instruction with hands-on training. We shall establish teams of community based technicians for rural technology development among which water technologies will be considered.
UVRC will work with the international community of corporate partners, foundations, supporters, and volunteers to help the Initiative reach a wide coverage in the district
Our water project will have two key goals in mind. The first is to promote awareness and encourage debate among the public and organizations on the need to create a new culture for water, to enable the equitable development and sustainable management of the world’s water resources.
The second is to carry out a whole host of actions to counter the negative effects of the lack of adequate water resources. The initiative will be involved in infrastructure, education, health and research activities concentrated in the most deprived areas of Kamwenge district.
In much of Kamwenge district, water supplies are unclean, unsafe and unreliable. Water sources are often stagnant pools or brooks that are only available during the rainy season, or flowing streams. This water is:
- Unfit for human consumption
- A fertile breeding ground for mosquitoes that cause malaria
- Infested with waterborne diseases causing cholera, diarrhea and dysentery, as well as parasites such as guinea worm and tapeworm
Women and children routinely trek up to one or more miles to fetch water in Jeri cans for drinking and cooking. They often have to queue up to receive water for their families.
The Water initiative project first aims at the provision of basic human necessity: clean and safe drinking water. UVRC aims at the empowerment of women. It augurs well for as a project that engenders Women in Development. In the near future, this project will enable UVRC to develop the necessary infrastructure for sustainable agricultural operation (irrigation scheme system), micro-business schemes, and small scale storage/preservation projects.
The Project will also spin out a small business venture that will purify, bottle, market and sell water there by creating a productive and gainful economic activity for the rural women and their communities.
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