It's hard to fathom not being able to turn on a tap and fill your water cup with clean, fresh water. But for many people that's not reality. Water of Life, a ministry based in Greer, South Carolina, is working to change that. In 2019 they hope to drill nearly 500 wells in Africa and India. The wells are clearly presented as a gift from Jesus. It's a wonderful ministry tool to open hearts and serve people with the love of Christ.
According to the UN:
- 2.1 billion people do not have access to safe water at home.
- More than 700 children die each day due to effects of unsafe water.
- Women and girls are responsible for collecting water in 8 of 10 households where water is not on site.
I have had the honor of serving on the board of Water of Life for five years. I've been to Liberia and India to see the incredible work they do through drilling wells, hosting medical clinics and caring for children rescued from slavery. Last year God gave me the idea to rally children to be world-changers, giving them the opportunity to change lives with the gift of clean water. It's called Crowdsourcing Kids and we launched on World Water Day 2018. In one year four kid-powered wells have been drilled, giving clean water to thousands of people in India. Babies will live, people won't get sick and kids will finally be able to attend school thanks to these compassionate world-changers!
So how does it work? Using our elephant box, a child commits to selling 12 elephants, handmade by young women rescued from slavery in india. When their efforts are combined with 49 others, they will have raised enough to completely fund a well-drilling project! Those 50 children are forever attached to the well they drilled. They receive pictures and video so they know exactly who they helped.
This World Water Day, 100 more elephant kits are available for kids who want to change the world through the gift of clean water!