Will you join us to help provide clean water for a community in The Dominican Republic?
The Dominican Republic, located in Central America, experiences devastating mixtures of hurricanes, tropical storms, and long periods of drought. Hurricanes and tropical storms tend to damage pipes and sewage systems, leading to water contamination and the spread of bacterial diseases such as cholera, with the lack of preventative sanitation measures adding to the intensity of the situation. Not only are there fears of bacterial spread, but long periods of drought lead to water scarcity and cause malnutrition for many populations. Women and children are especially susceptible to the effects of water scarcity and uncleanliness. This is because children are more physically vulnerable to disease and both groups are frequently burdened with seeking and retrieving water for their families which takes away from other familial, academic, or work-related needs.
At Gloria Dei we are committing to partnering with Compassion International to make a difference in the Dominican Republic on this very issue. Compassion International partners with local churches to help create safe havens for children to receive basic medical care, nutrition, education and a loving and supportive atmosphere. Compassion is also working to empower these sites to be a blessing to their wider community as well. One of the ways they do this is through the building of water purification plants right on their own sites. This water purification is used to get affordable and clean water out to the community and in return adds a revenue source and gang protection for the churches.
We are very excited about our clean-water initiative. The World Health Organization says “that every year more than 3.4 million people die as a result of water related diseases, making it the leading cause of disease and death around the world. … Cholera, typhoid fever and hepatitis A are caused by bacteria, and are among the most common diarrheal diseases.
(voanews.com).” The sad part about that statistic? It’s ten years old. The problem is worse today. The problem is massive. The need is now.
So, during the next two years, we intend to raise $60,000 to equip a congregation in the Dominican Republic with water filtration equipment for their own community. With Compassion International’s guidance and direction, this local congregation will then “sell” the water, very inexpensively, not only supporting their ministry but also providing clean water to those who are getting sick, diseased, and in some cases dying from drinking the water in the Dominican Republic. Watch for ways in which you can participate financially but in the mean time, be praying that we will accomplish this goal…and perhaps…even raise so much money that we’d be able to provide TWO water treatment facilities!Donate to the Water Initiative
Did You Know…
844 million people do not have access to clean water. (water.org)
2.3 billion people are without access to basic sanitation. (water.org)
Every 2 minutes a child dies from a water-related disease. (water.org)
3rd leading cause of child death is diarrhea.(water.org)
74% of Dominican Republic inhabitants have access to clean water. (SoleaWater.org)