The scent of fresh summer rain has not graced the villages in the elevated, rocky area of India for several months, since the last monsoon season.
It has been oppressively hot and devastatingly dry. Not only have the cattle been thirsty, but even more so the families living in these villages. When it is not monsoon season, these families must walk for hours to the lower-lying areas where some limited surface water has gathered. This is just to find enough water necessary to survive, carrying it back up the foothills to their villages.
The only other water source available is that which is delivered by truck in the region.
"The scarcity of water is a big problem for all the people in this area. It has been a great difficulty for the children and the aged people," IDES' mission partner in India reported. "Many times they have to buy water from the trucks (water tank vehicles), which they have only small facilities to store [in their homes]. But, the water that these people are bringing is river water which is not good for drinking."
Essentially the water being delivered by truck is the same dirty surface water that these families would normally walk for hours to get. The situation has been getting more dire as the summer months continue.
Thanks to you, a 450ft-deep bore well was drilled in their village. Through natural filtration deep underground, the water becomes pure and clean in the well. Now, these families have immediate access to safe water for drinking, cooking, and washing. It can also be given to cattle without making the cows sick.
"We believe this 450 ft. deep well will solve greatly the drinking water problem of many people in this area," our partner stated. "Some are Christians, but most of them are Hindus, and a few are Muslims. The well is very close to our local church. The well project is considered as an outreach of the church to the people around."
In many communities, clean-water wells serve as a gathering place for different families. The well is a place for conversation and for relationship-building. Not only does it meet the desperate physical need for clean-water, but also it provides an opportunity for the Gospel to be shown and shared.
"The well is greatly appreciated and has been well received. It is one of the best and greatest ways to show and present Jesus as the 'Living Water,'" our partner said. "Those who come to Him will find Him as their eternal source for their spiritual drought and thirst. All the man made water sources can dry out, but Jesus is the 'source' and 'spring' of all the spiritual needs of mankind."
Due to your generosity, there were funds leftover to provide three healthy dairy cows for the village's herd. These cows produce abundant milk which can be sold in local marketplaces for a sustainable source of income for these families.
"I am so happy to say that our dairy is earning a profit," our partner reported. "It is a great help to the orphanage (20 children) and those attending the Bible college (23 students)."
You are making hope possible for these families.
"People are so happy and thankful to IDES for their great help. On behalf of all the people, we would like to extent our BIG thanks to IDES and all the donors. God Bless You! Your support to the Lord’s work is a great help. Many poor and needy people are being blessed by this project."