Drinking unsafe water can lead to a host of waterborne diseases, including typhoid, cholera, diarrhea and dysentery. Since many impoverished people in the areas GFA missionaries serve are daily wage labourers, who don’t get paid if they can’t work because of illness, these diseases affect people financially, preventing parents from providing for their families. Frequent illness also inhibits children’s ability to gain an education or even reach adulthood. Every year, 1.8 million people, mostly children under the age of 5, die from diarrheal diseases.3
In addition, many people in developing regions—typically women and girls—are forced to walk 30 minutes or more, often twice a day, to collect water for the family’s daily needs.4 This chore leaves them vulnerable to predators and drains them of precious time and energy that could be spent working to support their families or gaining an education.
Please pray that people forced to drink unsafe water will be protected from suffering its ill effects. Also, pray that women and girls who must walk long distances to collect water will be protected from physical harm.
“Water Supply & Sanitation.” World Water Council.
. Accessed November 22, 2021.
“Water Inequality.” National Geographic.
. October 1, 2019.