This breaks our hearts as it must break God’s.

 

We can change this, but it isn’t easy.
Changing the world is hard. Let’s get to work. 


TBM Water is using four approaches to address this crisis:

1 - Drilling water wells

The water people desperately need often is right below them. By partnering with TBM Water Impact, you are helping people get the water they desperately need by drilling wells in villages around the world to provide clean, reliable and accessible water.

Our water well drilling process is simple, proven and easily replicated by local residents. We secure the necessary drilling equipment for each village we serve and teach a church how to drill and maintain a well. We then assist them in drilling another and then we supervise them drilling yet another. Then, we leave the equipment so that church now has a ministry of providing water to neighboring villages.

It’s empowering the local church to further their work, sharing about the living water that is Christ while providing physical water to nourish people’s lives.

2 - Repairing water wells

Throughout TBM's travels, we have discovered many pre-exisiting wells that aren't being used. In fact, 30% of all wells in Africa are broken.

When they break, local residents walk away and return to previous water sources, which are often remote and unsanitary. Our goal is to train local residents how to evaluate the broken well and determine if it is worth repairing. If a well is deemed salvageable, teams are taught how to restore it for use. This allows existing wells to once again be utilized and locals have the ability and skills for these repairs.

3 - Providing water filtration

The TBM water purification team builds simple, effective systems to meet the specific needs of an area.

We are proud that our systems and filters are made in the U.S. and have been confirmed by a Food and Drug Administration-registered lab to remove harmful bacteria and reduce viruses.

A Bucket Gravity Drip System is made from plastic buckets and is ideal for small families or areas where there is no electricity. It includes a simple drip filter, pre-filter and spigot. Simple construction techniques make this system easy to build and maintain. A 4-by-4 inch ceramic filter containing silver-impregnated activated carbon is placed between the plastic buckets. Water is filtered as it flows from the top bucket to the bottom.

Small, suitcase-sized units are used in areas where electricity is available. These are typically used at disaster scenes to provide clean water for kitchens, laundry and showers. Multiple stages of filtration screen out contaminants as small as 1/2 micron, which is 1/100 of the diameter of a human hair. Improvements to the design enables the unit to put out six gallons of filtered water every minute.

4 - Supporting health and hygiene

It’s not enough to provide clean water; we make sure the water remains clean for all to use.

Unknowingly, the people we serve often contaminate the water as soon as it leaves the well, causing illnesses that could have been prevented. By partnering with TBM, we seek to lovingly provide the knowledge and tools to begin the process of mindful hygiene.

Correct hand washing, for example, reduces diarrhea deaths by 44 percent. Something as simple as hand washing is a foundational step in saving lives from numerous avoidable illnesses.

While this knowledge is second nature to many, it isn’t in other places around the globe where knowledge of germs is limited. Through hands-on classes that incorporate the gospel and cover basic, practical and doable lessons where discussion is incorporated, individuals discover ways they and their families can be healthier.

TBM classes teach:

  • The importance of clean water
  • Germs: What they are, where they are, how they are spread and how to block them from spreading hand washing
  • Nutrition
  • Oral rehydration therapy
  • Oral hygiene
  • Spiritual applications

Soap Ministry

TBM Water, in partnership with E4712 Artisan Soaps. is also teaching women how to make and sell utility and boutique soaps. A bar of soap is a simple tool. But, in the right hands, it can change entire families, even entire communities. This ministry is helping provide a path out of poverty. 

With your support, TBM educates women on how to use local, renewable sources to create inexpensive, yet effective, bars of soap to help maintain basic health and sanitation while also providing a source of income. Empowering women, TBM lays the groundwork for them to become self-sufficient as small business owners to better support themselves as well as their families.

TBM and E4712 Artisan Soaps train women on the basics of soap making, entrepreneurship and business strategies. We teach how to make inexpensive “utility bars” for basic daily use. Then we also train them how to make “boutique” quality bars, which are scented, colorized and attractively packaged to sell in local markets. Selling just one boutique style bar can pay for supplies to make almost 10 utility bars.

TBM sponsors the projects and mentors the ladies as they begin to sell soaps and grow their small businesses. All equipment and materials are left on site for the group to continue making soap using the funds from each boutique style bar they sell.


TBM Water is also pursuing spiritual impact through:

• Discipleship training
• Sports camps
• Church starts
• Children's ministry
• Pastor training
• Preaching & personal evangelism


 

 

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Provide a well for Kenyan children

Naomi made her way slowly through the busy streets stopping often to rest. It had been a very difficult journey beginning in her village at dawn. After walking up the trail to the highway she boarded a matatah, a small van taxi, and rode the bumpy roads into the city. It was late afternoon by now, time to make a decision. Timing was crucial. Squatting beside a building she calculated, should she go now? Was it too early? Too late? Her labor pains were increasing, no, just a little longer, then she would go. Rising, she shuffled the last block and entered the hospital. She was in active labor, they couldn’t turn her away now. Seeing her condition, the hospital staff hurried her into the labor and delivery ward trying to get her name and fill out the paperwork on the way.  “Hanna, my name is Hannah,” she said. No, she had forgotten her identification papers, left them at home in the rush to get to the hospital. Shortly later she delivered a baby boy, or was it a girl? It didn’t matter.  The next evening, during the night, she gathered her clothes and slipped out the door, leaving her baby behind.

This, and stories just like it, are common in Kenya. Dr. John Mvcohi told this story to the Water Ministry team from TBM Texans on Mission, as we visited Mogra Children’s Home and Rescue Center in Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. John said, “Ninety five percent of the children here have been abandoned. Most of the 329 children came straight from the hospital. Others were living on the street when their parents died of AIDS or just left. Family members don’t want them. Local adoption, even taking in children of family members is rare. Foreign adoption is illegal in the country. So.....the children are forced to fend for themselves.”

Mogra Children’s Home began in 2003. The founder and director Reverend Hannah Njoroge shared, “I had started a school, Mogra Star Academy, for the needy children of the slums. The teachers were complaining about the students falling asleep in class.”  “We discovered,” she said, “that the children attending class were homeless, or lived in terrible conditions. As some of the children left school for home many just stayed, they had nowhere to go”. Smiling, she told us “God told me to open a home. A home that all children are welcomed. It doesn’t matter what tribe they are from, or their health issues, all are welcomed. We have children with AIDS, heart defects, etc. and we accept and love them all. We give them a safe, clean place to live with loving family, three meals a day, education and Christian upbringing.”

Her school, free for 1,100 underprivileged children teaches children from 3-18 and provides them with breakfast and lunch.

One of the biggest problems for them, and the reason we were invited to visit, is that they have a desperate need for water. The center uses 2,650 gallons of water a day, when they have it. That is about 6 gallons a person. An American averages about 98 gallons a day. The city is supposed to supply water once a week, but it seldom comes, forcing them to draw water from the dirty river nearby. During the dry season even that is no longer an option, and they must buy water to be delivered by tanker at the cost of $1,000 a week. That is impossible for them, so they ration it. The farm land that supplies all their vegetables, and the cattle for milk and meat are the first to be rationed. This causes loss of food.

As we walked around the school, and the children’s home we saw needs at every turn. It was overwhelming, but God gently reminded us of what He has called us to do. Our ministry is not to have a children’s home or open a school. God has called Reverend Hannah and her staff to do that. They know the culture, the language, and are doing it well. Our call from God is to help God’s workers do their ministries.  They are the front runners, in the trenches. The best way that we can help them, to help the children, is to relieve the stress due to the lack of water. We, with your help can do that! (The article photo is of the children’s drinking water source.)

They need a well.

We have a matching funds offer up to $10,000. The well cost is $28,000 due to location, depth of clean water, and construction requirements to serve the children in the school.

To support this effort, go to legacy.texasbaptistmen.org/givenow and select “water well drilling” as the receiving fund. Thank you.