A Well Makes Girls Well


A Well Makes Girls Well

All was not well for the girls living at Jaffna Children's Home. Some were developing skin rashes, while others came down with cases of diarrhea and the flu. After some investigation the cause was found: the shallow water table their well drew from had become contaminated.

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Diane’s 2015 Video Report: In My Words [A Safe Water Ministry Mini-Update]

In January, each of Heaven's Family's 21 Focused Ministry Directors gave a short, 10-minute presentation about their accomplishments in 2015 and their upcoming goals for 2016. We're excited about what the Lord has done, and what He has in store for the remainder of this year!

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Safe Water Ministry

Another sick child. Shanthi's heart broke seeing one of her little ones ill once again because of drinking contaminated water, but there were no clean water options. Shanthi was too poor to purchase bottled water or fuel to boil the contaminated water she drew from her village's only supply, water that required her to hike for hours every day.

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Floating Noah’s Ark

Sadly, children with disabilities are often neglected, unwanted and abused in many parts of the world, including Uganda. Some parents want to care for their child, but lack the necessary skills or are too poor to do so properly. Victoria Namusisi has been caring for children with special needs, orphans and the unwanted for many years as the founder of Noah's Ark Christian School in Entebbe. She has become Mother to many, loving, nurturing and teaching them to love the Lord and be as successful in life as they can be.

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Water flowing freely in Khawpui Chipp

Khawpui Chipp is a rural Christian village in the remote mountains of Myanmar, populated by Falam and Mizo tribal groups. Two miles from the village a well and cistern were installed to access an underground mountain water source. The villagers provided the labor to dig trenches and laid PVC piping to bring the safe, clean water directly to their village, where it is stored in a second cistern.

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Boiling Mad About Unsafe Water

Nearly all the children raised their hands. I had just asked them by a show of hands to tell me who suffered frequently from stomach pain or diarrhea. It shouldn't have come as much of a surprise—I was in rural Mukono, Uganda, after all. I was so glad that my visit would change that!

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Water for a Worn-Out Widow

Pasis warmly welcomed us when we entered her small home in Makono during our visit to Uganda just a few weeks ago. She had recently received a Sawyer water filter from Heaven's Family partners Kenneth and Kevin Wafula, and I came to see how it was helping her family.

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Celebrate Hand Washing!

Did you miss it? October 15th was "Global Hand Washing Day." You probably celebrated it without realizing it! This day is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of washing our hands with soap. We often take it for granted, but this simple act helps prevent us from becoming ill and spreading illness to others, and is a very low-cost way to prevent diseases in general.

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Thirsty for a New Life

Smiling broadly and holding two new Sawyer water filters in the above photo is Patricia, wife of Kelvin Mwikya. Kelvin (not pictured) runs Philemon Foundation's new Christian residential facility for juvenile offenders, a revolutionary aftercare center where young men learn important skills to succeed in life and be discipled in the Lord, located in Kibwezi, Kenya—the first of its kind in that country. In the past, these boys and young men would have been tossed onto the streets when their sentences were over, doomed to a life of poverty and recurrent crime.

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Laboring for Love

Isn't it ironic. Rain falling in torrents—so much rainwater that it comes up to your knees—but you can't drink it. Purified water is desperately needed when flooding occurs, and so are clean, sturdy containers to keep the water pure while living through days and weeks of ubiquitous mud, mosquitos and misery.

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