Regardless of economy, nations worldwide face need for better sources of clean water,
Online PR News – 22-March-2018 – Best known for its work helping the underprivileged in poverty-stricken parts of the world, GFA World (formerly Gospel for Asia, www.gfa.ca) is spotlighting a universal crisis that unites all nations: the need for good clean water.
While millions in South Asia and other developing regions have long suffered from a lack of access to fresh water, many in the West are facing the health and other consequences of such shortages for the first time, the organization says in a significant new report.
As residents of Flint, Mich., continue to deal with the fallout of its 2014 polluted water scandal, those living in Cape Town, South Africa, are dealing with severe water restrictions because of a lengthy droughtjust one of 11 major cities likely to run out of drinking water in the not-too-distant future.
In The Global Clean Water Crisis: Finding Solutions to Humanitys Need for Pure, Safe Water, writer Karen Mains points to urban sprawl, lack of urban planning and flooding as just some of the factors behind the water problems of the world. Among those trying to solve them are governments, non-governmental agencies, missionary organizations and private foundations.
More than 2 billion people globally use a drinking water source contaminated by human waste, causing widespread sickness and even death, and often further impoverishing many who struggle to eke out a living because they can be too poorly to work.
Meanwhile, well-meaning efforts to help have not always been successful: Some 50,000 wells drilled in Africa lie broken and abandoned because there is no one to maintain them a dismal testament to good intentions gone bad.
GFA World has been able to avoid that problem in providing almost 7,000 Jesus Wells in Asia, drilled in villages where they are usually ensured by a local pastor. Elsewhere, GFA-supported teams distribute BioSand water filters that help purify contaminated sources, as part of a Christ-like response to the global water crisis.
Faith-based concern about the issue should not be surprising; the article notes that the Bible mentions water 722 timesmore than faith, hope, prayer or worship.
Lack of access to clean water is a massive problem and more far-reaching than most of us probably realize, says GFA World founder, Dr. K.P. Yohannan, in a blog commenting on the report. Its not just limited to one corner of the worldthis is a worldwide problem.
He talks about the privilege of working with government officials so GFA-supported workers and friends could come alongside local efforts in cleaning up rivers and helping the poor and needy.
Through Christ's help, we can be part of making a difference for those who are suffering, he says. He can use us as his representatives to be there and show his love and care for those who are in need, to be his hands.