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Would You Drink Water From an Industrial Slum?

By Matt Vilkas & Nadia Feroz
The 700 Club

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You Can Love Your Work —Ramnagar, India, is the second largest industrial slum in all of Asia.  The drinking water is contaminated with toxic waste and sewage.  Eight-year-old Shivani and her family often got sick from the dirty water.

Shivani said, "When I drank the water, I would get headaches and I had to go to the bathroom many times."

Shivani's mother, Rajjan, explained, "We had to walk for many hours to find good water to drink.  Our children often went hungry for days when we didn’t have enough clean water to cook our food."

Shivani dreams of becoming a doctor, but she and many other children here often missed school because they were always sick.  CBN wanted to drill them a well, but that was illegal, because of the low water levels.

"We don’t have any way to purify our water," said Rajjan.  "We hardly make enough money to survive.  Should we buy food for our children, or a water purifier?"

But Shivani and half the families here won’t have to choose between food and clean water, because CBN gave them water purifiers.  And with your help, purifiers for the rest of the families will be on their way soon.  The filters in each unit will clean eight hundred gallons of water.  That’s enough for a family of four to live on for a year.  And when the filters need to be replaced, it only costs five dollars.  Now Shivani and many other kids won’t get sick from the water, and can go back to school.

Shivani joyfully expressed, "Now I can drink clean water!  I can also stay in school and make my dreams come true.  Thank you CBN!"

CBN partners are making a difference in the lives of hurting people throughout the world. If you are not a partner, please join today. Your gifts make it possible to provide a tangible future to those in desperate need, bring medical services to the sick, help feed and clothe children here at home and overseas, and broadcast a message of hope around the world. Become a CBN partner today!

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