Life-Giving Water: Joan’s Story

Access to safe water can help people stay healthy, clean, and fed. Yet 1 in 9 people around the world still don’t have access to this essential resource. Without clean water, over 1,000 children die from diarrhea and waterborne diseases every day. Vulnerable young people often bear the burden of walking miles to find water in contaminated streams and ponds that get entire families sick. Lack of safe water is robbing children of their futures and education. 

Joan Milka Drichiru is a Sunday school teacher at Kawuna Church in Uganda. She explains, “Water is such an essential part of our daily lives that many times we do not stop to consider where it’s being sourced or the quality of it.” In her county, high rates of Typhoid are common and it takes time, money, and lots of firewood to boil water so families can use it. 

In John 4:13-14, Jesus says, “Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” With this abundance mindset, LIA Uganda in partnership with our support office in the UK has recently provided skills, knowledge, and water filters to church leaders like Joan so they can have a lasting source of both spiritual and physical water. 

She says thank you for this sustainable gift of clean water. “The water filter has enabled me, my family, and the church members to have access to safe, clean drinking water.” This has already reduced sickness and enabled Joan to focus more on things like teaching Sunday school lessons. 

“I’m so grateful to God for the living testimony that this water filter has provided to our Sunday school children.”  

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