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Clean Water Helping to Change The Future.

Dear Friend,

Generation after generation, families living in impoverished villages have struggled to find clean water. In many of the countries that I visit, I meet women who walk miles each day to carry water from distant wells back to their homes. Children drink from filthy ponds, causing them to become ill. Families pay outrageous prices for jugs of water, spending what little income they have in the hopes of having something pure to drink.

Samaritan’s Purse is helping to change the future of these families and transform the health of communities in countries like Kenya, South Sudan and Myanmar. Our teams are drilling wells, installing household filters, and building rainwater catchment systems − as well as teaching families about hygiene practices that will keep them healthy.

These clean water projects − and our other programs around the world − are opportunities for us to meet people’s physical needs while telling them about God’s great love. “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God” (1 John 3:1).

Please continue to pray for the work of Samaritan’s Purse. I am deeply grateful for your partnership in ministry. May God bless you.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Franklin Graham

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Children are healthier when they regularly wash their hands.

Growing Up Strong

When Than was in elementary school, she had to take turns with the other children carrying water from a well about 20 minutes away. The well was the only clean water source for the school, so every week a different team of students made several trips to bring back drinking water for their classmates.

Now, decades later, Than’s children are enrolled at the same school − and their experience will be dramatically different because of clean water projects implemented by Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan’s Purse teams are providing clean water access and encouraging healthy hygiene habits at schools in Myanmar through projects such as rainwater catchments, latrines, handwashing stations and monthly hygiene club meetings.

Last year Samaritan’s Purse built a large rainwater catchment for Than’s children’s school, which means the school will save money on renting a vehicle to drive into town to collect donated water from local merchants. Handwashing stations and three additional latrines were also built to ensure better hygiene. The school only had three for more than 170 students. Than said she is glad for the projects, especially the handwashing stations − the first ever at the school − and for the hygiene teaching. “My children learned about handwashing before eating and after using the toilet,” she explained, and they now know the importance of drinking only clean water. Than now is a member of a community water group started by Samaritan’s Purse and participates in monthly meetings to learn about proper hygiene. The meetings provide unique opportunities for community leaders and parents to learn alongside the children. Than is incorporating what she learns into her daily life, such as properly cleaning all her cooking utensils. “I am very happy and very grateful that Samaritan’s Purse came here and is teaching the children,” Than said.

Win, the school’s principal, is also thankful for the clean water projects. Win said that before Samaritan’s
Purse came, clean water access and healthy hygiene was difficult for teachers and students. She even had a hard time getting her son to wash his hands. “Now, my son wants to practice washing his hands at home,” Win said. “Kids are going home and sharing what they have learned with their parents.”

Hundreds of children in Myanmar are now headed down a path toward better health due to our clean
water projects. Please pray that these children will grow up healthy and strong. Pray also for our
staff, who are demonstrating God’s love to students and teachers.

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