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Christian Ministry Brings Life to Burma

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    (Photo: AP Images / Democratic Voice of Burma, HO)
    In this photo released by the Democratic Voice of Burma, residents of Yangon look for water Tuesday, May 6, 2008, following Cyclone Nargis. International aid has begun to trickle into Myanmar, but the stricken Irrawaddy delta, the nation's rice bowl where 22,000 people perished and twice as many are missing, remained cut off from the world.
By Joshua Goldberg, Christian Post Reporter
July 11, 2008|1:59 pm

Two months after cyclone Nargis claimed over 90,000 lives and wrecked untold destruction across the Southeast Asian nation of Burma, Christian groups are continuing to rush to the scene with compassion and selfless acts of dedication and aid.

This week, Water Missions International was proud to announce that groups of its volunteers had just completed the first of what it said would eventually be a series of 12 different water systems that would help provide desperately needed clean drinking water.

According to the group, each water system would help to provide as much as 10,000 gallons of water per day to people throughout cyclone devastated regions.

Cyclone Nargis swept across Burma May 2-3 through the delta and the region around the country's largest city, Rangoon. It was the worst natural disaster in Burma’s modern history.

Although a U.N. report issued last month said that there were as many as 1 million people throughout the country lacking in basic living provisions, WMI has been mostly upbeat about its simple mission in providing water to those in need.

“Clean water is the source of life. It is the foundation for health, education, and viable economies. Through the generous support of individuals, churches, nonprofits, and businesses, WMI has brought relief and hope to more than a million people across the globe,” the group said on its Web Site.

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Since the group’s beginning, Water Missions International, a nonprofit, Christian engineering organization, has aimed to bring water and quench the thirst of people all over the world regardless of religions and ethnic backgrounds.

The nonprofit has also sent aid to quake survivors in China, installing water systems within towns of the Sichuan province which was devastated by the May 12 earthquake.

 

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