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After 20 years, this Ethiopian woman’s BioSand Water Filter still going strong

“God bless them for this gift”

Aberash Dabele has a message for Canadians who enabled her to receive a BioSand Water Filter that is still working well after more than 20 years: “We are very happy and very thankful. God bless them for this gift.”

When Aberash and her family in Ethiopia received their filter in 1999, the average worldwide construction and installation cost to Samaritan’s Purse—along with providing vital hygiene and sanitation training—was $100 per filter.

That original $100 investment is still providing safe water for Aberash and her family.

Today, the average worldwide cost of building and installing a BioSand Filter, plus the health and hygiene training, is $150. Over 20 years, that equates to only $7.50 a year—an amazingly low-cost and dependable way to transform people’s lives.

No longer bedridden

Aberash says her family’s lives were definitely transformed by their filter. Before then, she and her husband and their children would regularly become sick with potentially deadly diarrheal diseases include typhoid.

The filter—one of the first installed in Africa—brought an end to their diarrheal diseases. They were no longer bedridden for days at a time, with adults unable to work in their fields and children unable to go to school. There was no more lost income that made their already challenging lives almost unbearable.

“We are much healthier today, ”Aberash says of her household of six, including grandchildren.

Since 1991, when Samaritan’s Purse began offering BioSand Filters in Ethiopia, we and our local Christian partners have built 32,000 in the African nation. Worldwide, through the construction of our BioSand Filters for households and larger-scale Samaritan’s Filters for schools and small communities, we have provided safe water to almost 1.7 million people.

A Greater Gift

As we’ve done this vital work, God has given us opportunities to tell people about a gift that’s even greater than safe water: “eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23, ESV). What a blessing God has brought through this ministry!

But sadly, someone on the planet is still dying every 37.5 seconds from poor water quality and hygiene. So the need for Samaritan’s Purse Water Projects remains enormous, and urgent. Please invest in deserving people like Aberash through your donations and prayers.