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Watering Day: The life changing impact of clean water

13 March 2023

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Last year we hosted the first-ever Watering Day here at Sonshine. Thanks to your generosity we were able to give 30,000 Tanzanian people access to clean water. So this Thursday, March 16, we’ll be doing it again! Phil and Julie Hepworth joined Leah to share the life-changing impact of Watering day.

While they were in Tanzania, they visited a school that was on the verge of shutting down. The children were all sick from drinking contaminated water and they were unable to clean without water. There was no other option for the children as this was the only school in the area. “Because of the generosity of last year, the school is still open. These kids are no longer sick.” They visited another village and installed a well. An old man approached Phil and said, “I have never ever seen clean water in my 93 years of living.” He was so grateful that his children and grandchildren wouldn’t have to struggle like he did.

Every day, the women have to leave the safety of their homes and walk 6km to collect water. Unfortunately, many were victims of sexual assault. Julie shared that when these wells are installed, the women quietly approach her to express their gratitude and that their prayers had been answered. “It blows me away that in the kingdom people are praying and God chooses us to be the answer.”

Listen to Julie and Phil share their story below.

Join us for Watering Day on March 16 as we join forces with Water for Africa to build more life-saving wells in the villages of Tanzania. All throughout the day you’ll hear stories and facts from real Tanzanian people and the WFA team about what life is really like without access to clean drinking water and just how radically their lives are transformed once they can access it.