Clean water

A Well for Strangers

Ratnakar lived only a few miles from the local church, but he’d never seen such a large crowd around it as there was that day. As he got closer to see what was happening, Ratnakar just became more confused. The crowd was gathered around a well, and someone was announcing that the well belonged to the whole village—that anyone, without […] Read more »

Water Flows from the Mountain Side

Basking in the mountains of east India rests a small village with more than 50 families. They work hard six days a week laboring in the tea gardens, doing carpentry work or working other jobs they find in order to make a living. The village seems nearly abandoned during the day with only the mothers, young children and elderly quietly […] Read more »

Women at a Jesus Well

Miles of Pain for a Dirty Drink

Everyone in the area knew the familiar sight of women and girls trudging for miles along parched land, searching for water. Almost as familiar were the complaints of joint pain most of the women suffered. After miles of carrying full water containers back to their villages, agony burned through the women’s shoulders, hips and knees. Even then, they couldn’t refresh […] Read more »

Family gathers water from Jesus Well

Drinking the Water That Killed Their Livestock

Ekanath walked up to the open well and peered over the edge, gazing down inside. What he would normally see as a clear reflection of his face was now a grimy glare of green water and worms below. Ekanath sighed as he turned away from the dirty well and looked off down the road. He now braced himself for the […] Read more »

Biosand water filter provides clean water

Water So Clean They Couldn’t Believe It

The water was so dirty it turned every vessel yellow and often made people sick. Yet everyone in the area drank it without a second thought for their health. As part of 768 million people worldwide without access to clean water, they couldn’t afford a second thought. Most of the people in the village worked as laborers, leaving early in […] Read more »

Clean water through a BioSand water filter

‘I Cannot Live without This Filter’

Dadhija’s family had suffered from stomach pain, dysentery and nausea for months, and it really was no wonder: The water they drank was full of worms and, sometimes, sewage. The family got their water from the municipal pipeline—the only water source in the community. When the pipe broke, sewage mixed with the water, and the families had no option but […] Read more »

BioSand water filter

The Hunt for a Forbidden Missionary

In Chanakya’s part of the country, villagers have a nearly endless need for water filters. Iron levels in the local water are so high, Gospel for Asia missionaries give away 150 filters every month. But for Chanakya, getting a BioSand water filter wasn’t an option. The people of Chanakya’s village are very strong in their traditional religion, and when it […] Read more »

Clean water through BioSand water filter

Trekking for Water

Meghana walked out the door and headed once more down the rutted streets. Compelled by thirst, she trekked the familiar road to draw water from a well that was a little less than a mile away. The well much closer to her home had so much salt in it that it was nearly impossible to drink. The wealthier people in […] Read more »

Water Filter Leads to Son’s Healing

Netravati was one of 80 people who had gathered to receive a BioSand water filter from the local Gospel for Asia pastor, Balendu. Because water in South Asia is often unsafe to drink, water filters are highly necessary and valued. Although Netravati had primarily gone to the program with the hope of receiving a water filter, he found himself standing […] Read more »

Pure Water

Poor Families Receive BioSand Water Filters

Villagers living near Gospel for Asia pastor Adri Dhruv’s church often drink water Americans wouldn’t use to water their houseplants. Water is scarce and contains dangerous pathogens. So many people contract deadly diseases from drinking contaminated water that it is one of the leading causes of death in the region. On India’s Independence Day in 2012, government authorities and more […] Read more »

Man drinks muddy water

Drinking Mud and Arsenic

Would you rather drink water laced with arsenic or water from a pond animals swim in? For the people of one small village, this was the choice they had to make every day. The village had a tube well, which should have been a blessing, but between the arsenic and the bad smell, it was a “blessing” the villagers only […] Read more »

Clean water

Not Allowed to Drink . . . Water?

Shaunak’s prayer was one simple request. He asked God for water. There was water in the village—plenty of it. But Shaunak and the rest of his people were not allowed to have any. Shoemakers by trade, they were low caste, hated and considered to be untouchable by the elite of society. “I was praying daily for the provision of water,” […] Read more »

Desperation for Clean Water

  Clean water or dirty water? That sounds like a ridiculous question to all of us, yet the reality is that many people in the world don’t have the choice between clean and dirty water. For many in Asia, safe, clean water is hard to come by. Confined to stagnant ponds, filthy rivers, and rusty wells, these people are struggling daily […] Read more »

Blue the Biosand Water Filter

  BioSand Water Filters Millions of people in South Asia live without access to an adequate, safe and clean water supply. They are among the many that rely on muddy pond water for all their needs. Introduce Biosand water filters! These all-natural filtration devices remove harmful substances and produce clear, clean drinking water. They don’t need electricity so they’re perfect […] Read more »

From Wine to Water

Being poor never kept Sadhana and Edhas from a party lifestyle: They sold wine for a living and drank without restraint at home. The couple’s addiction to alcohol was matched only by their devotion to drugs and their many gods. But their lives were about to be turned upside down by something completely mundane: water. Like millions in South Asia, […] Read more »