|Village||Padusa and Karan Basthi|
This project is to drill two wells in two villages in India, Padusa Village and Karan Basthi Village. Inhabitants of both villages lack clean water to drink. Cholera, viral fever, and skin disease is a part of life. The primary users of the wells will be Christians living in these villages, who often face persecution by others (Hinduism is the primary faith practiced in India). However, the wells will not be restricted to just Christians; all are welcome to enjoy fresh clean water.
In both villages, the existing water sources are not deep wells and the water is contaminated. Further, there is no septic system so, because the wells are not deep, the are polluted with fecal matter. In both cases, this project will be to drill deep wells to clean water sources, that will not be susceptible to contamination due to the lack of an established septic systems in each village.
Padusa Village is located in Kaithal region of the Haryana state in North India. It is rural village which is about a 3.5 hours’ drive from the city. There is little development so far because they do not have a good road system to reach to this village. People go far distances to get their medical facility and education.
Padusa Village has a village well. It is 80 feet deep, but it is contaminated and not used for drinking. As there is no sewage system in this village the water below is very polluted and people often get sick. So, for drinking, they go to collect water from the neighboring village about 1 mile away. There is another well in a second village 1.5 miles away.
Providing a deep well will have a great impact on the village! People will no longer have to go to the next town for drinking water. They will have plenty of water for drinking and for their household needs such as bathing, cooking, and laundry and for watering animals and growing food.
Karan Basthi is a village located in Karnal district of the Haryana state in North India. It is a rural village with mainly slum-like conditions. There is no sewage system in the village. Normally, people go to the city or nearby villages as housemaids and work. Many men use drugs and alcohol and spend their hard-earned money on these addictions. The poverty in this village is a particular concern.
Karan Basthi also has a village well, but the water is very polluted. It has a bad smell and people never drink it. They use this water for washing, cultivation and for the animals. The people travel about 1 mile to the next village to collect water to drink.
Providing a deep well here will have a great impact on the village. The people will not have to walk to the next village and they will have abundant, clean water for all their needs besides drinking such as bathing, cooking, and laundry and also water for the animals and growing gardens.
Two wells have been completed in India – one in Karen Bashti Village and the other in Pasuda Village. Details of the completed wells are set out below:
Well in Karen Basthi Village, India
The well has been completed in Karen Bashti Village, India. This is a remote village, the people are lower caste, and poverty is a major problem. Many of the villagers inhabit slum houses and sadly, most children never go to school But, there is a growing church in this village, and the congregation has been continually praying for a bore well. This project supplied a deep well which is now providing abundant water for the people. They are enjoying clean, safe drinking water as well as water for all of their household needs. They also now have abundant water for livestock and to water gardens. This will allow for a healthier food diet. No longer will the people suffer from sickness due to drinking water polluted with sewage.
Testimonies from some of the villagers of Karen Basthi (in their own words):
Well in Padusa Village, India
The well is completed in Padusa Village. This is an under-developed rural village, which is difficult to reach due to poor roads. Cultivation and field work are common employment and the people are low-caste. Previously, people used to carry water from a mile or more away from neighboring villages which was difficult for the children and women walking the distances, and they used local water polluted with sewage for household needs. They suffered for clean water for many years. Now they have clean water right in their village for drinking and for all of their household needs. They can also water animals and water their gardens. This will allow for a healthier food diet. This is an extremely poor village and it means so much to the villagers to have clean water to drink for their families.
Testimonies from the villagers of Padusa Village (in their own words):