Water Week!

by Jason Bollinger on March 22nd, 2015

Dear Links Family,

“World Water Day” was first observed on March 22nd in 1993 by the UN. Issues with water and sanitation around the world have been well documented over the years, and this has resulted in awareness increasing and advocacy improving. Water conditions are improving in many parts of the world. However, despite improvements there are still major needs around the world regarding water. The following are just a few issues regarding water in developing countries...
  • Unclean water and poor sanitation are a leading cause of child mortality. An estimated 2,240 children die every day from diarrhea, spread through poor sanitation and hygiene.
  • 748 million people do not have access to an improved source of drinking water and 2.5 billion do not use an improved sanitation facility.
  • 82% of those who lack access to improved water live in rural areas, while just 18% live in urban areas.
  • In developing nations the responsibility for collecting water every day falls disproportionately on women and girls. On average women in these regions spend 25 percent of their day collecting water for their families. This is time not spent working at an income-generating job, caring for family or attending school.
Water and sanitation needs top the needs list every time we do a Needs Assessment in the communities we serve. At Links, we are committed to improving the water and sanitation issues our partners face by providing Healthcare and Sanitation Training to community leaders and by supplying simple water filtration systems.

Using World Water Day as our launching pad, we want to take a week to advocate for water. We will be posting graphics and videos highlighting some of the water needs around the world. We would like to ask you to consider making a donation to make clean water a reality for some that desperately need it.  

Our water filter systems cost $75. Could you make an investment for $75 to literally save lives? Could you invest $150 for two water filter systems? If that’s too much, could you rally two other friends and pitch in $25 each for a water filter system? How many filters could your church, business, or small group purchase for clean water.

Our filter systems are being used all over the world, and they have been proven to clean the filthiest of water to 99.99% pure. One filter system can provide 200 people clean water for two years. The pictures here are of one of our systems being set-up for the very first time in a village in Africa. I wish I could communicate the excitement and joy the people expressed when they tasted the clean water for the first time. They were over-joyed, because they understood exactly the difference this water would make in their community.

Could you help us make that difference in other places? We need 100 water filter systems in the next several months. You can help us reach that goal by giving and/or sharing our posts with friends and family. 

We are excited about the opportunity that World Water Day is providing, and we hope you will join us in investing to make clean drinking water a reality in some of the world’s most needy places. As always, please let us know if you have any questions, and stay tuned to our facebook, twitter and blog for more information this week. 

You can make a donation by visiting our online, secure giving site here: https://linksusa.cloverdonations.com/water-filter-kits/ or by mailing a check to our office (with “Water” in the memo line). Our contact info is here: http://linksinternationalusa.com/give.htm.

Thank for your helping us take Good News to the poor by providing a cup of water in the name of Jesus. 

For the Kingdom,

Jason Bollinger
CEO, Links International - USA Office

"For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward." (Mark 9:41 ESV)

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