World Water Day and Living Water

World Water Day is Saturday, March 22nd. Will you join us in providing clean water for communities and refugees in desperate need?

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Donate Now // Explore Our Water Projects

Recent ARDF water projects include funding multiple wells in Jonglei and Warrap states in South Sudan and improving spring-fed water sources in Burundi. These projects are providing clean water to over 42,500 people.

We are now raising funds to provide clean water for South Sudanese refugees and others in desperate need.

World Water Day

New projections about water usage over the next decades forecast a 40% shortfall in water supply by 2030 due in part to rapidly increasing demand for water in both agricultural and energy production.

Already, 780 million people lack access to safe drinking water. In several countries, the situation is especially dire with up to 4,000 infant deaths and a 7% drop in GDP each year caused by lack of safe water.

Unfortunately, Sub-Saharan Africa—including South Sudan—lags far behind the rest of the world in terms of safe water access: only 62.2% of the population has access to improved water sources compared to a global average of 88.78% who have access to safe water.

According the World Bank,

Water is at the center of economic and social development:  it is vital to maintain health, grow food, manage the environment, and create jobs.  Water impacts whether poor girls are educated and whether poor villages can withstand flood or drought.

However, statistics and dire warnings like these quickly inure us to the personal, human tragedy that lack of water represents for millions of people around the world. Imagine walking several miles each day to fetch water for washing dishes, clothes, cooking, and bathing. Imagine that the water source you must use is a fetid puddle at the edge of a malarial swamp. Imagine that you are competing with herds of cows and wild animals who muddy the water and leave droppings that spread bacteria.

None of us want to imagine our own sons and daughters having no choice but to drink contaminated water from unsafe containers.

Yet water is necessary to stay alive, so many people around the world will go ahead and drink.

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Living Water

Water is so elemental that the Bible uses it as a powerful theological metaphor for the spiritual life that Jesus brings. In John 4, Jesus offers the Samaritan woman “living water” and promises that “whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

We know that God has freely given us this water, the water of his grace that was bought by the death of Jesus on the cross and his resurrection. Having been thus set free, we are now able to love our neighbor in costly ways—such as helping to provide clean water for our poor brothers and sisters around the world who lack it.

This is why ARDF is joining in the observance of World Water Day this year. We would love for you to join us!

Donate Now // Explore Our Water Projects

Recent ARDF water projects include funding multiple wells in Jonglei and Warrap states in South Sudan and improving spring-fed water sources in Burundi. These projects are providing clean water to over 42,500 people.

We are now raising funds to provide clean water for South Sudanese refugees and others in desperate need.

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Sources:

The World Bank, http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/water/overview

The World Bank, http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/watersupply

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