Since 2002, the LDS Church has helped five million people in over 5,000 communities obtain access to clean water sources says lds.org. Clean water projects have enjoyed long-term sustainability because of the effectiveness of the programs. In 2009 alone the church had clean water projects going in 24 countries which included Armenia, Bolivia, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malaysia, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Philippines, Republic of Congo, Serbia, Sierra Leone, and Uganda.
News story from the LDS Church.
With the assistance of missionary couples and LDS Charities, a new day of fresh, safe water is dawning on the remote community of Luputa, DR Congo. Residents feel unbounded joy for their new gift.
Young men join the community-wide project to bring water to Luputa, DR Congo. The 10-inch pipe for the main water line was manufactured in Kinshasa and transported more than 600 miles to Luputa.
Digging a trench for a pipeline was not easy. Many men and boys dug through miles of jungle vegetation and rocky soil with no electricity, paved roads or machinery. The additional challenge was to maintain water pressure over a long distance.
Lack of clean water is a burden almost too difficult to bear. This man transports large canisters several miles.
After trying for 15 years to get clean water to Luputa, four springs were discovered in a distant, overgrown hillside.
Projects like this are funded by members paying tithing. Chances are, you have helped bring someone clean water. Thank you.