Cyclone Idai creates even greater need for clean, safe water

“The situation will get worse before it gets better,” said Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF. She added a warning of diseases like cholera, malaria and diarrhea “which can turn this disaster into a major catastrophe.”

–AP News

Cyclone Idai brought another 20+ inches of rain to the already saturated Zambezia province where Water4Life Mozambique’s drilling efforts are focused. Flood waters are filled with animal and human waste, bringing with it an outbreak of waterborne diseases such as cholera, malaria, and diarrhea.

Drilling for clean, safe drinking water has become even more crucial to saving lives.

Water4Life Mozambique’s drilling team stand ready to return to drilling but funds are needed. We rely on donations to bring clean, safe drinking water to the impoverished villages in Mozambique! Thank you and God bless you for giving to his thirsty children in their time of greatest need.

Visit our website at www.water4lifemozambique.org to choose any amount of support.




How drilling water wells reduces violence against women

In Mozambique, just as in our country, there are bad people who prey on the  vulnerable. Simply put, women are susceptible to rape when traveling long distances from home to fetch water from contaminated water holes. To be less of a target, the ladies always travel in groups.

Thankfully, drilling water wells in villages reduces the vulnerability of women because they no longer are walking long distances to fetch water. As you donate to water wells, you are providing clean, SAFE, close water.

View this spirited lady’s story below.

 

Looking Back at 2016 & Forward to 2017

Annual Board Meeting

All 14 board members were present for the 2017 Annual Board Meeting held in Punta Gorda, Florida on Jan. 7, 2017.  Coming from CA, IN, IA, KS, OK, and FL, all the board members are well-respected and successful people in their chosen fields: businessmen, missionaries, farmers, and pastors. All are mission-minded individuals that have a passion for drilling water wells in Mozambique. We are very thankful for their faithfulness to Water4Life Mozambique.

As we looked back at  2016:

16 new wells were drilled, with 4 more wells currently being finished.

WHAT DOES 20 WELLS REPRESENT, YOU MAY ASK?

Twenty villages, with an average of 750 people, means 15,000 people now have access to clean, safe, and close water for their daily needs.

Each pump has the capacity of 7 gallons of water per minute or 420 gallons per hour.

In a 10-hour day, that equals 4,200 gallons per day or 5.60 gallons per person per day in the village. 4,200×20 villages equals 84,000 gallons per day flowing from wells.

So, 20 pumps can pump 30,660,000 gallons of clean, safe, life-giving water in one year.

At a total investment of $138,000, that means that each gallon of water costs .01 cent for the 1st year. These 20 pumps with water wells will last many years with no additional cost. And, the villages are trained and given supplies if something were to wear out over time.

Looking forward to 2017:

At the 2017 Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors set a goal of drilling 72 water wells this year. With the Lord’s help and your support, we know “All things are possible.”

Thank you, Board Members and Donors for your faithfulness to Water4Life Mozambique!

 

 

“A well that won’t take water, can’t give water!”

arnie-john-2Those are the words my dad said to me as we filled the well casing to the brim with water.

On Saturdays, when I was in grade school, my father would wake me up early.  It was my job to go help my Dad in his plumbing business. (He was a plumber and a full-time pastor). Dad wouldn’t take any excuses from me, although I always tried to think of one.  I  hated to go; I wanted to sleep late and then watch cartoons, like every other kid I knew.

This particular morning on the job, after many failed attempts to prime a pump,  Dad decided that the problem was the well casing. When we started filling the well with a hose, the water came up to the brim and ran over. I was excited; I thought that it meant the well would pump water. But, that was when Dad said to me, “A well that won’t take water, can’t give water.”

With that, my Dad proceeded to clean out the bottom of the well casing. This time when we tried to fill the casing up with water, it didn’t fill up, which meant that it was taking water. When he hooked the pump back up, the well gave water!

Even though I saw the entire scenario that day, it would be years later before I would fully understand. A well is a flowing stream of water under the ground. It continually fills the well casing with water so it does not dry up, or run out of water. Therefore, in a well that is working properly, you can’t fill the casing completely full because the water will keep its level.

In our nonprofit, Water4Life Mozambique, the cement apron of every well we drill is inscribed with the words of John 37:38, “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

Every time I read this scripture, I think of that plugged up well that wouldn’t let us pump any water. I think of the wisdom that flowed from my father.  I think of the clean, safe water that is pumped from the wells we are drilling in northern Mozambique and the people who are benefiting from that blessing.

Daily I am reminded that in order to give water and hope, I must be able to take into my heart the abundance of love and compassion that Jesus offers.  If you are not a flowing stream of God’s love, I pray that you will let Him unplug your heart and let His love flow freely.

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Don’t Drink the Water!

Pastor Abel Nove, church planting pastor in the capital city of Nampula, drinks unsafe water and pays the price.
A glass of dirty, contaminated water

Pastor Abel Nove has safe water in the city of Nampula, but he finds out that drinking water in rural villages can bring consequences.

He tells us his story:

“I left Nampula to visit a rural village, Namuali. On the road, I met up with Marta, a young woman from the village. Marta is a young mother of 4, and is 8 months pregnant. She had left her home 2 hours before dawn and was returning 5 hours later, having walked 2.6 miles to the Mulapane river. I noticed her feet looked swollen and painful.

While walking together, she told me: ‘Pastor, it seems like we are doomed. The only water we have is in the same river where animals drink and bathe. My Aunt Martha died from diarrhea caused by drinking contaminated water. My family suffers from it, too. When will our punishment end?’

Arriving at the village, I realized I was parched. Before thinking, I asked for a glass of water. When the glass was placed in my hand, the water was so dirty it looked as cloudy as condensed milk.

Pastor Abel Nove drinking glass of dirty, contaminated water
Abel drinks the cloudy water

To be polite, I drank it. 

Immediately upon arriving back in Nampula, I went to the hospital for treatment of diarrhea caused by that one glass of water. (Diarrhea left untreated can be fatal).

My son Eli asked me, ‘Dad, how long will our friends have to suffer like this? Can anyone help us find the answer? Many people die each year (over 2,000), mostly children, because of unsafe water.'”

Friends, you are the answer!

We thank YOU for your water well donations.

100% goes towards providing clean, safe water for the rural villages in northern Mozambique.

Lives are changed forever,
one well at a time!

HOW drilling water wells helps girls get an education

4 girls croppedGirls the world over have a lot in common. Of course, they love to play with their friends— running, laughing, giggling, braiding each other’s hair, and singing silly songs. They love to spend time with their families: eating together, playing jokes on their siblings, maybe asking to hear a bedtime story.  And, by age 12, it is common for girls to have hopes and dreams about their future. They dream about what they want to be when they grow up and start planning on how to achieve their goals. 

However, gIrls in Mozambique, especially those that fall beneath the poverty line, don’t dream about their future because the decision is not left up to them. Why? Lack of education. Only 1 in 4 girls in poor, rural villages have the opportunity to attend school because, in their culture, it is the girls that must fetch and carry water every day for their household’s needs, always walking long distances. And, that takes all day—hours they could be in school.

Statistics show when young Mozambican women get an education, they:

    • Join the workforce and make higher incomes.
    • Marry later, have fewer children, and healthier children, making them better equipped to adequately care for their children and families.
    • Are 3x less likely to become HIV/AIDS positive.
    • Will send their own girls to school.
    • Contribute to their community.

One water well at a time, the cycle of poverty and disease is being broken.

Clean, safe water changes everything, even giving girls back their hopes and dreams for a brighter future!

 

A 3 Cup Shower

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Did you know the average American shower uses a whopping 17.2 gallons (65.1 liters) and lasts for 8.2 minutes at average? —home-water-works.org

So, a 3-cup shower—just how much fun or effective would that be? Not much, I can tell you. But, for me, it was one of the experiences that led me to understand just how precious water is.

In 2003 I traveled to Maganja Da Costa, an area in the Zambezia province in Mozambique. The days were long and hot, at over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. About the third day, I was really looking forward to a shower. A small hut about the size of a porta john serves that purpose. Of course, I use the term “shower” loosely as there is no running water. Even privacy is minimum and consists basically of people knowing the shower is in use so they stay away.

When I entered the hut I found a bucket of water that had been brought for my use. Women of the village had heated a bowl full of water, as well. Honestly, when I looked at that water and thought how a lady had carried that water on her head for 3 miles, I just couldn’t use that much water to wash off. So, I somehow managed to take a shower of sorts with 3 cups of water. Insane, right? But, the water was precious and needed to be used for many other people and purposes.

Speed forward to 2016, and Water4Life Mozambique has just drilled a water well in this same village. Remembering that 3-cup shower, it is a blessing to realize the people now have all the clean, safe water they need.

This morning I read the scripture in Isaiah 9:2,

“For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.”

We know the Light of the world is Jesus. There is also a light of hope for a brighter future that comes when a water well is drilled and clean water flows. Coming to the well that we build on church property, they hear about the Light, the Living Water, that comes to give life and give it more abundantly.

Story: Arnie Eastburn, written by Joann

No Water Means No Pets

black-child-dog-20227450Does your family have a dog for a pet? According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 37-47% of households in the United States have dogs as pets. That adds up to 70-80 million dogs.

If you didn’t have access to clean, pure water, do you think it would be that easy to have a dog and care for it properly?

In Mozambique, every drop of water is precious when you don’t have any water source in your village. And, women and children are walking 3-8 miles every day just to fetch dirty, contaminated water. Like I said, water is a precious commodity, even if it is dirty water.

It is hard to imagine just how much the lack of easily accessible water affects every detail of life. Girls can’t go to school because they help fetch water. Bathing is very limited. Villagers can’t grow gardens. (They don’t carry water from miles away, just to pour it out on a garden). So, their food source is limited, too.

Each day is all about survival for that day. Beyond that, children don’t have any expectations.

No birthday parties, no Christmas toys, and no movies on Friday night. All the “luxuries” we take for granted in our culture—even having a dog to love and play with—is unthinkable. It just doesn’t happen in Mozambique.

iStock_000003102662SmallHowever, when a new water well is drilled in a village, it changes all aspects of life for the better. No, a pet wouldn’t be the first priority, nor the second, third, or fourth. But one day, in the not-so-distant future, children may be able to have a dog that brings joy and companionship into their lives. With a water well right in the village, having enough water for a dog would no longer pose a problem!

By Joann Eastburn

No Water!

no-waterNo Water! Like every other day, I turn on the faucet but, on this day, there is no water coming out!

Ironically, Arnie was in Mozambique drilling water wells with our nonprofit, Water4Life Mozambique. The first time I realized I had no water, a neighbor helped me identify the source of my problem. But, during Arnie’s two-month stay in Mozambique, I was without water on many occasions. And, each time it happened, surprisingly, it took a slightly different solution. In those hours without water, I was frantic! No water!

One night, at midnight, I woke up and discovered no water yet again. I felt compelled to go outside to find the problem with our water system. And, yes, our Florida home has alligators in the creek next to our home. Yes, I have dodged snakes at times, and yes, there are many fire ants, and even wild hogs and panthers. “Why not wait until morning?” you might ask. Answer: “I was desperate for water!”

Not only are the villagers of Mozambique desperate for water, they are desperate for clean, safe water!

Women and children walk many miles, every day, to gather dirty, contaminated water. This is the water they drink. But, it doesn’t have to be that way.

With your help, Water4Life Mozambique is helping whole communities to have clean, pure water.

Thank you for partnering with us! 100% of your donations go to drilling water wells!

By Joann Eastburn

The Best Way To Live

We often share from our abundance and that’s a good thing but when we give from our faith we grow! Don’t wait until it’s easy, the best life is never the easiest life. The best way to improve your life is to help others improve theirs!Screenshot 2016-07-03 07.19.15