Emergency Water Relief – Ethiopia
Our Emergency Water Relief Reservoirs are Installed in Ethiopia!
Last year, the early and late rains in the region where we work failed to provide the rainfall needed for survival. More than 600,000 people are affected.
When Sata, our Ethiopian Director, went to see the situation, he reported that people essentially are not drinking water. What he saw in their water bottles was mud. Crops are not growing, livestock are dying, and schools have been shut down as people spend all day looking for food and water.
We had to do something.
And because of your incredible, generous response, we were able to install ten, 10,000-liter water reservoirs at ten schools in the most rural and heavily impacted areas.
Sata traveled on rocky, treacherous roads, over far distances to reach the desperate areas to oversee the installation of the reservoirs. When Sata left to take the journey, many of us prayed and fasted, asking for God’s protection. Isaac, who lives and works in Ethiopia, had a friend who felt particularly called to pray that it would rain in the areas where Sata was installing the reservoirs.
Thankfully, everything went smoothly and Sata returned safely and shared an incredible update:
- The local communities said that PATH stood out from all the other NGOs that had come to bring similar aid. Those other NGOs that had delivered water reservoirs dropped them off and left. PATH, however, fabricated metal bases to keep them off the ground and make them last longer.
- Sata specially designed a six-faucet system so that multiple people would be able to access the water at once.
- In addition to the reservoirs, we also installed rainwater collection systems that would capture any rainwater from the roofs of the schools and filter it into the reservoir.
When Sata returned, Isaac and his friend who felt lead to pray for rain asked, “So did it by chance rain when y’all were there?”
“What do you mean?” Sata asked. “How did you know to ask if it rained? It rained so much we were concerned it would be too muddy to drive out!”
My friends, God moved during that trip!
Please continue to pray for rain throughout Ethiopia, for open doors to reach more children and that the love of Jesus would spread to far away places like Booke and Burqa Dhintu Woredas.
We could not do this work without your support, thank you!
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