Frieda’s village in Zambia receives clean water

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To fully understand the impact of World Vision reaching a new person with clean water every 30 seconds, you need to get down to the individual villages and families whose lives are transformed by clean water.

Today we visit a community in Zambia … and see what makes them dance with joy!

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I’m visiting rural Zambia with our world-class World Vision Water team including Sebastian Kunda, program manager, and Nacula Bwalya, our local village water coordinator. Even though we’re not far from the capital of Lusaka, we are deep in rural Africa and have spent a few hours on dusty and bumpy roads to reach the village that is the focus of our visit.

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    Water for Mutchenda

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    Happening now: As World Vision child sponsorship gets started in our new Mutchenda community in Malawi, our rigs are already drilling boreholes to provide access to clean water!

    Read how access to clean water can transform a community, and how you can help advocate for clean water.

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    Over the Memorial Day weekend, my wife and I went camping with a group of friends in the Olympic National Forest of Washington state. Three days of food cooked over campfires, hiking, sleeping by a rushing river, and time with friends …

    … three days without internet, without electricity, without showers, and with limited access to running water (which was cold).

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      The ripple effect of water in Mali

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      Water changes everything, and access to clean water creates a ripple effect of positive impact across whole communities.

      Read about Dr. Greg Allgood's latest trip to Mali, where World Vision Mali's water team just provided their 1,000th water well since 2003!

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      I’m on my first visit to Mali – a land-locked country in West Africa. While it’s one of the poorest countries on the planet, there’s a lot more commerce than you might expect, and the streets of the capital of Bamako are packed with people commuting to work on motorcycles.

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        Clean water changes everything

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        Emmanuel, 20, sponsored through World Vision, says that clean water changes everything.

        Read how World Vision's water and sanitation programs in Ghana have transformed Emmanuel's community ... and how they are the cause of new celebrations!

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        Emmanuel is a Finance major in his Freshman year at the University of Ghana in Accra. He’s a serious, soft-spoken young man, and clearly intelligent. He’s a sharp dresser and fluent in French, English, and his local tribal tongue. By every measure, Emmanuel has a very bright future.

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          Dirty water: More deadly than war

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          More than 16 times as many children die from diarrhea caused by dirty water in Afghanistan as the total number of civilians killed in war.

          Today is World Water Day. Read how World Vision is helping to bring clean water to villages in Afghanistan — and what you can do to help bring clean water to the world!

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          The World Health Organization estimates that more than 133 Afghan children die every day because of the effects of diarrhea. That adds up to over 48,000 children a year.

          While Afghans are certainly affected by the conflict within their country, the number of Afghan deaths attributed to the war in 2011 was just over 3,000. That means that 16 times as many children are dying from an extremely common and easily treated medical condition than the entire number of men, women, and children killed as a result of the war.

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            Celebrating 1 billion liters of clean water

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            Saturday is World Water Day!

            Today, Dr. Greg Allgood, vice president for World Vision water, writes about the miracles he's experienced along his journey with World Vision and P&G to provide 1 billion liters of clean drinking water. To mark this milestone, he announces new plans for the future of our work.

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            Do you believe in miracles? I do.

            Earlier this month, we announced that Procter & Gamble (P&G) and World Vision water have now provided 1 billion liters of clean drinking water together since we began our collaboration in 2007. We’ve worked together in 34 countries and have reached a breathtaking 6.5 million people with clean water.

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              Child sponsorship provides lifesaving sanitation and clean water

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              Soun's village of 100 in Laos used to lose 3 or 4 people per year due to dirty water, including her infant brother.

              See how World Vision's holistic child sponsorship program brought clean water, sanitation, education, and more to her village!

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              Soun, 10, is studying in primary grade 4. Her favorite subject is Lao language. “It helps me to understand the session,” Soun says.

              She lives with her parents and five siblings in a village of 100 inhabitants in a rural area of Laos, where life is not easy.

              Soun recounts how an average of three to four people used to die each year, including her younger brother, who passed away when he was just three months old.

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                The miracle borehole

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                Water is precious in Zambia. In the Twachiyanda region, World Vision drilled for water four times without luck. In 2012, we tried a fifth time.

                Read – and watch the video – of how prayer changed the outcome ... and an entire community!

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                "'Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.'" –John 7:38 (NIV)

                A group of colorfully dressed women, men, and children gather beneath the shade of a few trees, their heads bowed in prayer. A woman steps to the front, Bible clasped in her hands, and reads a scripture. When they lift their heads, they begin to clap their hands and sing, full of joy and praise to God. Not long ago, these same voices were instead filled with despair.

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                  Health and happiness through clean water

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                  Unsafe water is one of the leading causes of child mortality in Afghanistan, with more than 40 percent of child deaths caused by diarrhea and acute respiratory infection. Clean water can prevent these illnesses. See how a World Vision deep well is changing life in young mother Maryam's village.

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                  Water is the foundation of life; it plays a vital role in the well-being of families. Nevertheless, in areas of poverty, there is never enough water — especially clean water. Many people spend their entire lives searching to find enough, just to survive.

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                    A flood for clean water

                    There is no need for people to suffer because of filthy water. That's why World Vision, the Clinton Global Initiative, and Procter & Gamble are calling on friends, supporters, and partners to come together for the Flash Flood for Good.

                    Rich Stearns, president of World Vision U.S., calls us all to make a difference today.

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