Haiti (MNN) — As relief work continues in Haiti, Duane Zook of Global Aid Network (GAiN USA) says two of the greatest threats have become dehydration and malnutrition.
Many small Haitian communities had barely enough clean water before the earthquake hit. One Living Water International report says Croix-Des-Bouquets, a village in close proximity to Port-au-Prince but not as devastated by the quake, had a polluted cistern until recently. The water was not always clean, but residents made do.
After the earthquake, Croix-Des-Bouquets was inundated with displaced people from Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas, leaving the village with minimal, unclean water.
A team with Living Water International was recently able to fix the cistern and water pump leading to it in Croix-Des-Bouquets. The community is now able to enjoy plenty of clean, safe water, and has enough to share with the many people taking refuge there.
LWI teams have been restoring as many wells as possible in Haiti to bring clean drinking water to quake survivors. Water is necessary to keep them hydrated, but clean water is necessary to avoid waterborne diseases.
Unfortunately, providing clean, safe water for a country who never had an abundance of it to begin with is no easy task. Living Water Haiti Program Director Jim Mohney says, "Rebuilding after this catastrophe will be a problem of years, not months."
Throughout the process, plenty of opportunities to share the Gospel are sure to present themselves. LWI provides clean water in Jesus' name. Pray that many would see Christ shining through the LWI teams in Haiti, that the teams would be bold in their proclamation of the Gospel, and that many would come to the Lord as a result.
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