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Indonesia villages receive blessing of clean water
By Ryan Morgenegg
Church News staff writer
Obtaining the basic necessity of safe drinking water is a challenge many of Heavenly Father's children face each and every day. According to the World Health Organization, one in six people do not have access to clean water. That's why Church humanitarian efforts include clean water projects in several countries. On Oct. 27, villagers of Desa Anggramanis in Indonesia celebrated the completion of their safe water project. The Church provided funding, engineering, technical advice and supervision, while the villagers provided the labor.
Church leaders and government officials were greeted by smiling school children in the village as they arrived for the clean water project ceremony. More than 21 miles (35 kilometers) of pipe brought clean water from mountain springs into the villages and homes for children and their parents and grandparents. The fresh water will enable the villages to have sanitary conditions for bathing, washing clothes and dishes, showering and toilet facilities. The water project will help villagers live a much healthier lifestyle. The project took nine months to complete.
City, district and regional governmental officials praised the project for providing clean and safe water for the villages, especially the children. Now they can grow up healthier, said the district chief, Mugiman. "I know the problems that come from not having clean water. I was born here. Now you must take care of the water system and the environment, especially the trees of our mountains."
Villagers will pay a small water use fee to their local government that will go toward keeping the system functioning and in a good repair.
Wagimin, the host village chief, thanked the Church for providing the materials and engineering to build the system. "We will record in our history the help the Church has given us."
The other three villages benefitting from the project are Desa Gumeng, Desa Trengguli and Desa Sidomikiti.
Elder Joshua Subandriyo, an area Seventy who grew up in a village in the Solo area, said the project was a gift from the Church to the villagers. "The money invested in the project came from Church members from all over the world. We are not finished yet," he said. "We will complete many other humanitarian projects in the future to make the lives of the Indonesian people better."
The Church has completed several humanitarian projects in Indonesia and has responded with aid during times of natural disaster. Latter-day Saints donated more than 20,000 hours of service after the October 2010 Merapi volcano eruptions. Following the 2004 tsunami, Church members from around the world donated money to aid Indonesians, and schools have been built in cooperation with gracious Muslim partners.
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