Clean water for El Salvador and Bolivia
Samaritan’s Purse is helping families by providing clean water through water filters in El Salvador and Bolivia. Clean water helps each family stay healthy and free of disease.
As a result of your donations, Samaritan's Purse has helped more than 20,000 families in Central and South America by building and installing BioSand Water Filters. While these filters are making an incredible difference in the physical well being of the recipients, many are also gaining the peace and freedom found in following Jesus Christ.
Maria is a bright and lively 72-year-old woman who lives with her daughter and her grandchildren in El Savador. The entire family had spent years living with intestinal parasites, diarrhea, and disease. It was difficult for them to get ahead or be healthy because of the lost work hours due to sickness and because of the money they had to spend on medication.
Once they received a BioSand Water Filter from Samaritan's Purse, their lives improved in a number of ways. The filter made their drinking water - once muddy - come out healthy, looking clear and tasting fresh. The family was also able to take some of the water and freeze it in baggies, selling the ice to other people in their community in El Salvador. Above all, everyone in their family received Jesus in their hearts when the local partner installed the water filter in the home and shared the Gospel message.
The community of Loma del Amor, Bolivia earned its name from the original settlers moving dirt to create an elevated area or "loma" to protect themselves from the Mamore River. The people of Loma del Amor, Bolivia, are accustomed to frequent flooding and this year was no different.
What was different this year, though, was that the people were healthy and did not suffer from stomach illnesses and disease that usually occurred as soon as the flooding starts. People attribute the change to the use of their BioSand Water Filters. During the flooding, Samaritan's Purse staff visited Loma del Amor, Bolivia, on several occasions, providing medical assistance and relief items including food, reinforced plastic for shelters, blankets and buckets.
Last year, 12 people made commitments to Christ in the community. There is still no local church, but Samaritan's Purse is helping to develop disciples and is coordinating with a local denomination to try to plant a church in the community.
Ways you can help
Please pray for those who continue to suffer without clean water. Pray that their needs may be met and that through the aid of Samaritan's Purse they will know God's deep love for them.
By providing safe water and health training in Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia, lives are being saved. A donation of $150 gives a family many years of safe drinking water through BioSand Water Filters, borehole wells and community reservoirs. Donate Here