The families from this [Loreto, Peru] community have collected water from the river for generations. The water is full of rotting wood and many bugs and parasites. The parasites cause extreme vomiting, which cause people to become dehydrated. The parasites move into people eyes and can cause blindness.
Water borne illness such as typhoid, cholera, dysentery and diarrhea are also common illnesses that fill the clinic with sick patients. Cuts and scrapes turn into infections, and are difficult to heal using dirty water.
LIVING WATERS INTERNATIONAL’S PROGRAM
Our implementation through WASH Program Areas is unique, in that it aims to bring lasting physical and spiritual development in communities, through a multi-year program focused on specific regions, thoughtfully integrating and contextualizing principles of water access, sanitation, hygiene, church mobilization, gospel proclamation, and sustainability. Living Water has strong financial
reporting [that] the Houston office oversees for accountability.
SPECIFIC COSTS AND FUNDING INFORMATION
Total Project Cost: $12,000
Funding Requested from Ingomar Living Waters: $8,000
The remaining funds will come from general giving and a grant for the outreach program.
WELL MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR
We will provide training and backstopping support during the first 6 years, until the local water committees and community have gathered enough fees to build a reserve for funding future maintenance. Water users will pay small monthly water user fees by household and these funds will be collected and managed by the water user committee, including a staff member from the clinic, for future repairs and maintenance of the system. The well caregiver will be assigned and equipped to do the ongoing general care of the
project at the clinic.
Living Water employs a pastor within each country’s staff. Their purpose is to engage with the local churches/pastors/church members, speaking into unity, spiritual growth and how to be health advocates within their communities. Bible storying training is coordinated within the WPA at several locations and outreach evangelism events, such as the Jesus film, family activities with spiritual influence, or rallies, to name a few. Bibles are given out to new believers or believers who do not have access to a bible in their own language. Other pastoral trainings or pastoral fellowship activities unite Christians throughout the WPA in sharing the gospel and uplifting believers.
Any clinic needs to have access to safe clean water in order to provide the best health services. The well will be in a central location within the community [so] that all can utilize the new well and benefit from its safe water. The clinic will lead in educating the community on best hygiene and sanitation practices, and how to collect and store the clean water properly. There should be noticeable improvement in the waterborne illness, and sick patients, school children, will be able to focus on their school work instead of bloated tummies filled with parasites. Simple treatments can be given and when the families utilize the new well, they will not have returning parasites. The need to go into dangerous places where snakes live will no longer be necessary. The time to collect water will be less, which gives parents back time to focus on growing gardens, and children time to study or just be kids.
All projects are made possible by World Changers.