[VIDEO] The miracle of clean water

 

Kris Allen, host of the 2012 True Spirit of Christmas Tour, met a Kenyan mother whose family has benefited from a World Vision clean water project in her area. Where drought once caused extreme hardship, there is now new life.

"Every time I open the tap and see clean water come out, my heart is full of joy," says the mother. "I never believed that we could get such a thing."

Watch the video to hear more of this inspiring story, made possible through the generosity of World Vision Gift Catalog donors.


This Christmas, honor a loved one by giving the gift of clean, life-giving water.

Make a one-time donation to World Vision's Clean Water Fund. Your gift will help create more stories of health and hope like this one -- providing interventions like deep wells, water storage containers, piping systems, purification equipment, and more.

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Comments

Thank you, World Vision for your work on the basics. Clean water, sanitation, goats and chickens, are all a hand up to self reliance. These efforts nurture human dignity and remind us all of our equality before the Lord and his admonitions to use all that we have in his service.

One of the universal problems of clean water projects has been their sustainability. Non-profits build an infrastructure for clean water in a village, and some time after the project is finished and the volunteers are gone, the system breaks down and the local beneficiaries of this clean water, with no idea how to maintain the system, are unable to affect repairs. I remember the laments of an organizer of similar water projects. She was resigned to the fact that in time, these systems failed, but even clean water to a community for a little while was a success and a blessing.

I watched with interest the video of Gary Rogers, standing next to a well bringing water to an entire community. His plea and prayer for the Lord to tug at our heart strings and his invitation to participate were spot on. During the video, I wanted the camera just once to actually show the well. As an engineer, I am not only interested in how these water projects help communities, but how these water projects work, and what can be done to make them more sustainable.

Engineers, like most knowledge workers in the high tech community, are not known for joining organizations or following the crowd, unless something catches their eye and their interest. I encourage World Vision to tailor some of their spots to this high tech community. Describe these water systems, for example. Show us not only how they are built, but what is being done to make them sustainable. By doing this, you will attract an entirely new class of supporters and donors. In addition, you will inspire some of this talent to devote their tremendous energy and creativity to help solve these problems.

Hi Tim,

Thanks for your thoughtful comment. We believe in doing work that is not only a blessing for today, but something that continues to help others in the future. I have shared your feedback with my team, and hope to have more blogs in the future that emphasize more of the 'how' of our work. Let me know if there are other areas of our work that you would like to learn about. As an organization specializing in community development and disaster relief, we are constantly looking for ways we can help more people through innovation. It's encouraging to hear that you are interested in what we do!

Thanks,

Lindsey, WV Blog Manager

Lindsey,

Engineers and other technically minded individuals are motivated self starters, and when something catches their imagination, they pursue it with enormous energy and creativity. These professionals can be a great source of funds and volunteer work.

The ASCE (American Society for Civil Engineers) has a membership of more than 140,000 professionals. Appropriately crafted advertisements about World Vision projects in their journals would reach a new source of donations as well as a pool of individuals trained in, among other things, disaster relief, sanitation and energy. The ASCE encourages volunteerism through their web site http://www.asce.org/volunteers/ and encourages members to use their technical knowledge for service. Collaboration here may add sustainability and longevity to World Vision projects.

The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) reaches 400,000 members in 160 countries, and is another professional organization that World Vision could tap through appropriate advertising and collaboration.

Raising funds and engaging volunteers takes creativity and determination, especially in today’s economy. I hope you and World Vision the best. As a result of my research into World Vision, I’ve found a few projects that I want to support myself.

Tim

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