|Village||Masudi and Ishmaeil Nagar|
Funded August 1, 2019
This project is to drill a well in each of two villages in India, Masudi Village and Ishmaeil Nagar Village. Inhabitants of both villages lack clean water to drink. Cholera, viral fever and skin diseases are 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 will be welcomed 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 in the villages so, because the wells are not deep, they 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.
Providing a deep well will have a great impact on both these villages. 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.
Masudi village is a rural village in Yamuna Nagar region in Haryana state, in North India. People are mostly farmers in this village. It is very remote and villagers need to travel up to 30 miles to go to a hospital or school. There is no government water connection. The village elders have approached governmental authorities to help them with either a hand-dug well or a bore-well, but have received no response at all, for many years. Many (if they had the means to do so) have moved away from this village because there is no water. There is a well at the Hindu temple, but the water is not good for drinking. They must go to the next village for drinking water.
Ishmaeil Nagar Village is in a remote village in Karnal region in North India. There is not much development in this region and most people exist as farmers. They have a government primary school in this village, but no facilities such as safe drinking water or a medical facility. Ishmaeil Nagar Village had a government bore well which dried up about 2 years ago. There is also a pond in the village and people use this water for their general needs. They travel to a neighboring village 1.25 miles away, where water comes in the morning and evening.
Update January 2020
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):