Under a warm Zimbabwe sun, leafy green shoots push toward the sky in neat rows, ringed by members of Harare’s Kambuzuma neighborhood. The community is celebrating a fresh crop—one that means food security is within reach. It’s only possible because, for the first time, they have consistent access to clean water.
In 2012, NCM was able to dig a well in Kambuzuma, piloting its first urban water project in Zimbabwe. This well now provides clean water for the community’s domestic needs and makes it possible to grow vegetables at the local Child Development Center. After the center’s 40 children—many of whom have been orphaned—are fed, the local Nazarene church sells the remaining crops to support their members in need. And because the well has a 5,000-liter reservoir, water will continue to be available to the community, even during power outages.
Food security is a challenge Zimbabwe has been facing for a long time. After centuries of colonial rule, followed by decades of political turmoil and a dramatic land redistribution campaign, basic commodities are scarce. The country’s aging infrastructure leaves people vulnerable to waterborne diseases. Recently, typhoid spread through Kambuzuma and the surrounding area because of contaminated drinking water. As the local district officer said, “clean water will assure a healthier, dignified community.”
Across the globe, fresh water is important, not just for drinking, but for food security. On Friday, March 22, join with brothers and sisters around the world and celebrate the sustainable management of water resources – and the impact it has on food, health, and quality of life.
According to the United Nations, the average person needs access to 2 – 4 liters of freshwater each day to drink, plus another 14 – 46 liters to cook and clean. In addition, it takes between 2,000 and 4,000 liters to plant, harvest, and/or manufacture one person’s daily food requirement.
Every day, almost one billion people go without clean water, and 870 million don’t have enough to eat.
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Springs of Hope
The Church of the Nazarene is committed to working toward water security for current and future generations. In addition to digging wells in places like Mozambique, Haiti, and Sri Lanka, the church partners with other nonprofit organizations to establish water purification systems in places like the Dominican Republic and Guatemala. Research into new low-water, low-land agricultural systems may even provide new ways for people in under-resourced communities to feed their families. Read more about how the Church of the Nazarene is working toward water security here
30 Hour Famine
Next door to Zimbabwe in Mozambique, something new is springing up. In partnership with World Vision, NCM will be launching a water, sanitation, hygiene, and nutrition program that will help communities in the Zambezia province utilize the food resources that they have while staying away from waterborne illnesses that can cause malnutrition. The project will be supported by the funds raised from Nazarene youth groups through the World Vision 30 Hour Famine partnership with Nazarene Compassionate Ministries. Learn how to sign up your church here.
Learn more about how to share water with our thirsty brothers and sisters around the world at ncm.org/water and unwater.org/worldwaterday.
Persons and churches wishing to make a donation to NCM’s Global Clean Water Fund can do so online through Nazarene Compassionate Ministries at ncm.org. Checks can be marked “ACM1423” and mailed to Global Treasury Services, PO Box 843116 Kansas City, MO 64184. In Canada, checks should be made payable and sent to the Church of the Nazarene Canada, 20 Regan Road, Unit 9, Brampton, Ontario L7A 1C3