WORLD WATER DAY 2023: THE LIVING WATER
Today is world water day and on this very same day more than half of Haiti’s rural population still lacks access to drinkable water. 80% of diseases in Haiti are waterborne. In October of 2010 the first outbreak of Cholera ever was confirmed leading to over 820,000 cases and nearly 10,000 deaths. Then again last year, October 2022 they confirmed the first of yet again another Cholera outbreak.
Peredo Community Hospital is working to educate patients about the ways they can stay safe and prevent spreading Cholera. Through education on proper hygiene, identifying signs of those who may be ill and rehydration, the doctors and nurses are doing all they can to assist our communities. While this is an easily preventable and curable illness, it is extremely contagious and deadly when clean water and proper sanitation is not available.
Not only do we want to equip Haitian Christians on the ground regarding the situation, we want to help provide access to clean drinking water. Ro and Eline do this by providing water filters, construction catch basins, and digging wells for communities that lack access to fresh water. Then equipping the community members to not only obtain and maintain the well, but also sharing about the Living Water as is described in John chapter four. Jesus meets the Samaritan woman at the well and tells her “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14. The Samaritan woman wanted what Jesus offered and still offers to this day. “Give me this water,” she says. And that is simply all she had to say.
This promise is for ALL of us. Because we are all thirsty. We are all weary. We are all desperate for Jesus who offers us all the one thing we’ll ever need. All we have to say is “Give me this water”. Equipping our brothers and sisters on the ground with the GOOD NEWS of Jesus is why we do what we do. Sharing the Gospel to therefore go and do something in Haiti that will last, for God’s Glory.
Haitian Christian Outreach partners with Filter of Hope to provide water filtration systems for disaster relief buckets that we pack to give out in the communities when disaster strikes. If you have been to our campus in Peredo you have personally tasted this water that comes out of these filters. They help provide clean drinking water to our communities. If you feel called to help do something in Haiti that will last, please consider giving to our disaster relief fund to help provide these filters in an urgent time of need. Click here to donate today!