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Your gifts each month will go toward meeting the most urgent needs of Compassion- assisted children, such as nutritional services, medical assistance, safe water and disaster relief. This vital program covers critical needs beyond what Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program can cover and offers hope to children who face a daily struggle just to survive.
A Solution from The Sky
In the village of Nyabisindu in southern Rwanda, few of the 1,000 inhabitants can afford the 3 cents it costs to buy 5 gallons of safe drinking water. Even if they could, the piped water is often only available at night and runs dry during the day.
At the local Compassion-assisted child development center, staff members did their best to provide registered children and their families with enough safe water to drink and cook with, but all they had were five water filters. Some parents would bring dirty water from a nearby swamp or contaminated well and wait while it slowly passed through one of the filters; others took their chances with the unfiltered water, and the children regularly suffered from intestinal worms, diarrhea and skin irritations.
“When we needed a lot of water to clean the center or cook meals for the children, we had to hire people to carry it from the community well,” remembers Muragizi Faustin, the center director. “It was expensive and it meant the children’s meals were often delayed because of long lines at the well.”
Thanks to generous Compassion donors, the center was able to fund a simple but effective solution — a rainwater collection system, including a tank that can hold more than 2,500 gallons and provides enough water for center activities and the children’s families. The center distributed filters for caregivers to use at home and provided comprehensive training in their use and maintenance and also in good hygiene practices.
“Now we have very few cases of waterborne disease, and attendance at the center has improved,” says Muragizi. The children are getting their meals on time and we no longer have to spend time, money and effort just collecting water from the well. We thank God that the whole community is healthier because of this great blessing.”