Healing Water for the Forgotten
Khumsingh Bhuryia is the father of three boys with dark flashing eyes and mischievous smiles. These energetic bundles of joy and their beautiful mother are his whole world. But he spent his days fearing for them.
Khumsingh’s wife used to rise before the sun to collect water for drinking, cooking, and bathing. The trip was exhausting for her, and the water often made them sick. But they had no other choice.
They live in a village called Tikadi Moti, a tribal region in India’s state of Madhya Pradesh. Though it is a community of 3,000 people, they are all but forgotten by the outside world, for their caste demands little attention. To those in Madhya Pradesh, they are regarded only as Dalits—the “untouchables.”
Their place in society has kept them imprisoned in a world of extreme poverty, little opportunity, and never-ending sickness. They have lived without an available source of clean water for as long as Khumsingh can remember. Their pleas to the government have been passed over many times . . . because they are seen as the lowest of the low, considered unworthy of even clean water.
Khumsingh spent his days cultivating what agriculture he could in the dry climate, earning less than $60 a month. He was tired—physically and mentally—and his muscles would cry out as he trekked the dusty road back to his home in the evenings. He thought about his wife and how his youngest son had been seriously ill. If only they had clean water, everything would be different.
He never dreamed that his prayers would be answered.
Several months ago, Khumsingh received news that Christians in the United States had given the funds to dig a clean-water well in Tikadi Moti. At first he was skeptical—why would anyone care about us . . . Dalits? But soon, men came to speak to him and survey the land. Several days later they returned with a machine that drilled away into the night.
Over the next days, Khumsingh waited, sometimes too anxious to even sleep. He thought of what clean water would mean for his family and Tikadi Moti—healthy children, stronger crops and livestock, better income . . . dignity. Was this all really happening?
He remembers the day clean water came to Tikadi Moti, seeing a fountain of crystal water spouting into the air around the drill. He remembers letting the cool water run over his hands and watching his sons splash and shout, laughter erupting deep from within their tiny bodies. He remembers the day that water changed everything.
March 22 is World Water Day, and we invite you to dig deeper with us in our commitment to provide safe drinking water to impoverished communities just like Tikadi Moti.
Learn more about your part in the World Water Crisis by visiting worldhelp.net/causelife.