Westhope is beginning a simple partnership to work together on a water project that takes in recycled aluminum cans and plastic bottles that are then sorted, crushed and taken to a recycling center. The money that is collected is donated to Living Water International. Living Water International goes into third world countries, such as Guatemala and Nigeria, and builds wells. They also take a ministry team that teaches hygiene as well as offering VBS. The hygiene program is especially important since the new clean water well would be contaminated if they do not know how to properly care for themselves and the well.
Did you know??
- 663 million people lack access to an improved source of drinking water—that’s 1 in 9 of us. In the places Living Water works, it’s more like 1 in 2. Great progress is being made globally, but whole people groups are being overlooked—it’s the poorest people with the least political power that continue to suffer, and these are the people we are called to serve.
- Water & Women. Many women spend 20 hours per week collecting water, some walking 7 miles a day, often for contaminated water. Too often the walk is not safe for them physically. It is women and the children they raise who suffer most without water, and who benefit most from access to it.
- Water & Health Water-related diseases cause 2.2 million deaths a year; every day, diarrhea takes the lives of 2,000 children in Africa—more than any other single cause of death. Safe water, a toilet, and clean hands could prevent 90% of these deaths.
What can we do to help?
Actually it is pretty simple…
Please bring in your aluminum cans (no tin or mixed cans), drinking water bottles, soda bottles of all sizes. Bottles and cans need to have the CRV label.
What is not accepted:
Please do not bring… anything that is not an aluminum can or plastic bottle with the CRV label, Styrofoam, food containers or aluminum foil, juice bottles (unless they have the CRV label).
There will be a large collection container in the narthex and someone will empty it regularly. Thank you for all your help to care for so many by helping them find fresh water.
From Living Water International’s website:
Helping communities create sustainable water, sanitation, hygiene, and Christian witness programs in partnership with local churches is just the best way we’ve found to do that. Why? Because the water crisis affects poverty, women, health and education—and for us it’s a spiritual issue.
Our community had the opportunity to choose where the next teams will go to maintain wells in developing countries. We voted to send teams to Haiti and Liberia!