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Murky Water

The children waving and smiling in fron of their new well
“Well” done! Happy children at Life Concern Orphanage’s new well—one that will last them for a long time.

The idea of bathing in murky water makes me uncomfortable. The first thing I’d feel squeamish about is wondering what creepy things might be swimming around in there. Then I’d question whether or not showering in such water would even make me clean! Bathing in such water has been a reality at Life Concern Orphanage in Yangon, Myanmar—that is until recently. The orphanage well, their only source of water, was unprotected, allowing debris and dirt to wash in during the rainy season (see photo below). Here is what the director, Joney Van Hup, wrote to us:

This is my humble request to you that the well that we have now is very useful for washing clothes, taking bath, toilets, gardening and washing dishes. But the water is very filthy and muddy. Therefore, I want to repair and put the concrete (ring shape) inside the well in order that the water will be more clean and especially in the rainy season, the outside water will not go into the well.

It didn’t take me long to realize that this was a problem we wanted to help fix! If you have given to Orphan’s Tear’s Special Gifts Fund, you played a part in helping Life Concern Orphanage upgrade their well so that they can draw clean water.

Joney wrote:

As for me and all the kids are fine. I have sent the pictures of the new well you’ve sponsored us. Now, the water is getting better and it’s very useful for us. Thanks for your love and concerned.

The next time I take a shower I’ll be thinking about the children at Life Concern, and won’t take clean water for granted anymore!


Elisabeth Walter
Director, Orphan’s Tear division

The orphanage's old well with dirty water
The previous well’s protection did not do a very good job!

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