The new Jesus Well, drilled at the request of local GFA pastor Deepankar, provides clean water for villagers to use. It is available for everyone, regardless of age, caste or religious preferences, and is completely free of cost for the villagers. The finances needed to drill the well were provided by friends of GFA.
Previously, villagers, primarily women, had to walk a distance greater than a mile to fetch water from a river, leaving many with painfully strained backs. Gathering enough water for their families and for their livestock left these women with less time and energy available to tend to their families or earn extra income. During summer, when temperatures rose, the river ran low. Disease and dehydration were not uncommon.
Harsika, a woman from the village, expressed her gratitude for the new Jesus Well.
“We are very happy and grateful to the church leaders for providing us a clean and pure water source,” she said.
Today, hundreds of people benefit from the Jesus Well, and more than 120 people draw from it daily.
“Before, we had to walk a long distance to fetch water,” said Jagrati, another village woman, remembering the days of hardship before the Jesus Well. “But now we are able to fetch water in our own village.”
GFA is able to find and help villages in need through the missionaries and pastors GFA supports, like Pastor Deepankar. Because of the prayers and financial partnership of many people around the world, GFA has been able to drill several thousand wells in South Asia, aiding numerous villages and quenching the thirst of millions.