The World Needs Water

Samaritan’s Purse works in many countries to provide lifesaving access to clean water and to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Gathering water is a struggle that consumes much of every day in communities around the world. It is often women and children who must walk hours to collect the day’s supply—a ritual that’s a matter of life and death for too many.

The dry region of Mayendit, South Sudan, is made more livable through our Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) programs.

The dry region of Mayendit, South Sudan, is made more livable through our Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) programs.

About 800 million people around the world wrestle every morning with the question of where they’ll find clean water to drink. Samaritan’s Purse is helping provide better answers for more than three dozen communities in 12 countries around the world. From the war-torn terrain of South Sudan’s bush to the rugged highlands of northern Vietnam, we are helping to meet this physical need in Jesus’ Name.

Children in South Sudan’s Yida Refugee Camp drink plentifully from sustainable clean water systems built by Samaritan’s Purse.

Children in South Sudan’s Yida Refugee Camp drink plentifully from sustainable clean water systems built by Samaritan’s Purse.

In times of natural disaster, water sources can become contaminated. We provide both household and community water filters to meet the needs of families who are already suffering.

After Hurricane Irma struck the Caribbean, Samaritan’s Purse provided clean water to the island of Dominica.

After Hurricane Irma struck the Caribbean, Samaritan’s Purse provided clean water to the island of Dominica.

But, it doesn’t take a natural disaster to sabotage a region’s water supply. For many impoverished areas of the world, it’s a multigenerational struggle.

Sanitation and hygiene practices keep children healthy in Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan.

Sanitation and hygiene practices keep children healthy in Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan.

Samaritan’s Purse provides clean water to marginalized people—those born into the “untouchable” caste—in Nepal.

Samaritan’s Purse provides clean water to marginalized people—those born into the “untouchable” caste—in Nepal.

An estimated 842,000 people die each year from diseases caused by unclean water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene habits. The majority of these are children in developing countries. Providing clean water, coupled with health and hygiene education, is perhaps the most effective measure we can take in preventing infectious disease.

Hand-drilling rigs provide communities in Mayendit, South Sudan, a way to dig deep for precious groundwater.

Hand-drilling rigs provide communities in Mayendit, South Sudan, a way to dig deep for precious groundwater.

BioSand Filters make bacteria-filled water clean and drinkable for villages in Cambodia.

BioSand Filters make bacteria-filled water clean and drinkable for villages in Cambodia.

‘Never Thirst Again’

We help communities gain access to safe drinking water by drilling wells/boreholes and also by providing community filtration systems and household filters. In some cases, we assist communities in protecting their water sources by capping springs and rain catchments. Alongside these efforts, we offer health and hygiene education and work to improve sanitation through properly built latrines.

These solutions—we have 29 ongoing WASH projects—can provide clean water and better health for hundreds and even thousands of people in a community.

Each project provides opportunities for us to share the Gospel with hurting people who may never have heard the Name of Jesus.

This Samaritan’s Purse water point is vital for families in Kitui, Kenya. Patrons are reminded here of the Living Water—Jesus.

This Samaritan’s Purse water point is vital for families in Kitui, Kenya. Patrons are reminded here of the Living Water—Jesus.

People who receive water through Samaritan’s Purse projects also hear about the Living Water—Jesus Christ. In Kitui, Kenya, those who use our water point see these words from John 4:13-14 written in the Kamba language across an outside wall: Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

Bidi Bidi Refugee Camp, Uganda

Bidi Bidi Refugee Camp, Uganda

“Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst.’”
-John 4:13-14

Workers drill a well at the Bidi Bidi Refugee Camp, Uganda.

Workers drill a well at the Bidi Bidi Refugee Camp, Uganda.

Abadul Salaam Ibrahim says we have helped protect his village from further illness through our BioSand Filter project along the Niger River.

“You have come and provided the bringing of a solution,” he said. “We have suffered from many things but now that we have access to clean water we can become healthy again.”

Through these lifesaving projects, we have an opportunity to tell people about the Living Water—Jesus Christ.

We are making clean water accessible to villages in the highlands of northern Vietnam.

We are making clean water accessible to villages in the highlands of northern Vietnam.

BioSand Filters mean school children along the Niger River no longer have to fear diseases from dirty water.

BioSand Filters mean school children along the Niger River no longer have to fear diseases from dirty water.