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Swaziland Water for Life: Give $42 to help 3 people!

What is the value of a glass of clean drinking water? Most of us don't think twice about turning on the tap and getting a nice cold glass of water. 


For over 1 billion people around the world, clean water is a luxury. But what if I told you that a gift of $42 could provide clean drinking water for three people for the rest of their lives? Would you believe me?


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Our ministry in Swaziland began when one humble man heard God say, “What are you going to do about these kids?” This man, Pastor Walter, was overwhelmed by what he saw — children alone and suffering.

Children who cried out, Njomile, “I am thirsty . . ..” Thirsty for water, food, care, and hope. Though he couldn’t make ends meet for his own family, he looked in his pocket and began to provide two to three meals of corn a week. God multiplied his act of sacrifice. Today, HopeChest serves thousands of kids through six CarePoints — because people like you followed Walter’s example! 

These CarePoints still have a vital need in answer to the cry Njomile: water!

Right now, we deliver clean water — for drinking, cooking and cleaning — by hand or by vehicle. Still,in many cases, locals are drawing from contaminated sources, like ponds and rivers, which carry parasites and other diseases. This continues to impact the kids we serve.


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But with your help, we can provide a well for each location that will serve kids today — plus many more children for years to come. I’m working to raise $42,000 for six CarePoint wells — a source of clean water not only for consumption, but for crop irrigation.

Would you be willing to help by giving a gift or rallying people in your community around this vital effort today? If 1,000 people could give $42 each, thousands of kids could have safe, reliable water to drink. Caregivers would have easy access to water for cooking and cleaning.  


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Each well will serve at least 500 people each year–kids, gogos, caretakers, community members–500 divided by $7,000 well = $14 per person. $14 X 3 people = $42. That's $14 per person for as long as that well draws clean water…which could be a long, long time.


Our plan includes teaching CarePoint leaders how to maintain a community garden to raise crops. These gardens will provide a food source, a marketable commodity — plus a center of community pride and responsibility. But this can’t happen apart from a life-sustaining well.

Thank you for your help for these kids. None of this would be possible without people like Pastor Walter, our dedicated Swazi staff, or partners like you!

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Sherree Funk

posted November 12, 2009 at 2:09 pm

I would like to know how deep the well is drilled and who does the drilling. Would you have some references as to accountability, too?

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