Being a mother in a remote village where there is no access to clean water sources anywhere. All that is available is a dirty stagnant stream a few hours away, being shared by livestock, to drink, to cook and to use for daily activities. There’s no option but to go with your eldest daughter to fetch just enough water for your family everyday.
Instead of being in school, your daughter walks for hours in the blistering sun, at great risk to her safety, carrying a water jug that weighs almost as much as she does. The water that’s brought home is contaminated, with all kinds of bacteria that constantly causes illness in your family.
Where you come from, children in your village die every month from waterborne illnesses. Your local witch doctor promises to heal you but nothing is happening.
This isn’t your story. This is the story of millions of women and children (especially young girls) around the world. Can you imagine this as your daily reality?
Water is essential to life. It’s a basic human necessity. Yet, almost 1 in 9 people still don’t have access to safe water.
844 million people are currently drinking dirty, bacteria-infested water that makes them ill and robs them of their time, dignity, health, right to education, and the opportunity to live a normal life. More than 840,000 are estimated to die each year from diarrhoea as a result of unsafe drinking-water, poor sanitation and hygiene practices. For many children, it’s a death sentence.
We can do something to help break this cycle of brokenness and help improve the lives of these women and children.
Since 2002, GAiN has been has been providing rural villages with deep capped wells, ensuring fresh, clean water for their people. We do this by drilling 50-80 metres down, tapping onto the water supply and setting up a deep capped well.
So far, together with generous partners from all over the world, we have:
Provided 2,427 deep capped water wells
Provided over 2,000,000 people with access to safe water
Trained around 200,000 people in hygiene and sanitation practices
Trained more than 30,000 people in community health training
Helped over 100,000 people discover who Jesus is
Established nearly 900 new churches
From the UK, we’re excited to start sponsoring these projects organised by our office in Canada and once the travel ban is lifted, we’ll be creating opportunities for volunteers to go overseas.
You can be part of this mission to help people have safe drinking water, train locals in community health, good hygiene and sanitation practices. The team will be working closely with the local church community to support sustainability.
Water, a Bridge to Community Development
Water is a foundation for human development. Starting with safe water, it paves the way for holistic sustainable community development.
Here’s the approach of our integrated WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) program.
Water Committee Training
In every village where a well is drilled, a water committee is elected from members of the village who will be responsible for the long-term care of the water source and collaborates with other teams trained by GAiN to bring continued development to the community.
Hygiene & Sanitation Training
Approximately 80% of illnesses in villages are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions. Training in simple hygiene practices such as proper handwashing or waste disposal can drastically reduce illnesses and begin healthier cultural norms for future generations.
Gender Sensitivity Training
In many developing countries, women are viewed as second class citizens and have fewer opportunities for education and work. GAiN’s gender sensitivity training opens up communication between sexes, to bring mutual understanding and respect for each other.
Family Health Training
Every year in Benin, approximately 1,500 mothers die from preventable complications during pregnancy, birth or in the 6 weeks following birth, mainly caused by a lack of knowledge on hygiene practices. Family Health Teams encourage, educate and advise families in basic health and sanitation practices.
Regional Repair Services
We train individuals as Regional repair representatives who then work with the local Water Committee to keep the water well in good working condition.
Regular handwashing is perhaps one of the most effective ways to prevent waterborne diseases. We provide a simple handwashing station, complete with soaps and skilled in-country facilitators who educate villagers on handwashing and sanitation issues.
Church Mobilisation & Multiplication
The local church community has a unique role in sustainable development, facilitating positive social change in their spheres of influence. They also help bring the story of God’s unconditional love through the JESUS film showings and establishing new churches.
We dream of a world where human flourishing is renewed and where water poverty is eradicated.
By 2030, our vision is to provide 10 million people with access to safe water in 10 different countries, At the same time, we would like to see 5,000 local churches engaged as the centre for community development.
We believe it’s possible to see a world where physical, spiritual, social and economic brokenness is restored.
Will you join us in making this dream a reality?