Zambian children gleefully crowd around a newly constructed borehole and water pump, their faces alive with joy as they touch, drink, and revel in safe water for the first time in their village.

Christians Provide Clean, Safe Water in Zambia

Right now, compassionate givers across the U.S. are partnering with Cross International to provide clean, safe water in eastern Zambia. By participating in Cross International’s A Thirst for Hope, a Thriving Kids Initiative, more than 8,900 lives will be impacted by:

Here, learn more about the lives of the families that will be impacted.


Zambian woman gathering water from a contaminated water hole. The only water source available to their village.
Water sources are frequently polluted by animals, insects and pathogens.

Olivia knows her children’s lives are in danger. It’s the dry season, and in the village of Agripa, fetching water means traveling to the only source available — a hand-dug watering hole that is shared by villagers, cows, pigs, and wild animals. Every day before the sun rises, Olivia sets out on the first of several trips to the bug-infested watering hole. She knows the water she is gathering is contaminated. In fact, she tells us stories of grown men and women who get desperately ill from diarrhea. You can see why she is so worried about the health of her children.

One look at the brown, murky water, and you can also see why she prays every day that her village will receive safe water. Everyone should have safe water.

A Zambian woman carries a large, empty, yellow jerry can in her right hand, and a small kitchen pot with a handle in her left. She walks down a rugged path towards a contaminated water hole, a vital but precarious water source for her community.
In eastern Zambia, women and children risk injuries climbing in and out of contaminated watering holes.


Mother and daughter carrying water, walking through the Kabanga and Milonze villages in Chipata, Zambia.
Here in eastern Zambia, Tasila and her daughter, Monica, bear the primary responsibility for water collection.

With a heavy bucket of water perched on top of her head, Tasila carefully makes her way from the local water source back to her home. Like most of the women and girls who live in her village, Tasila walks for hours to fetch water for her family. Often her young daughter, Monica, must miss school so she can fetch water along with her mom. This is a back-breaking chore for mother and daughter, but it’s a necessity they must endure 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Sadly, the water that young Monica collects is teeming with pathogens that make the water dangerous to drink.

Here in eastern Zambia, it is the girls and the women who bear the primary responsibility for water collection. Tasila has spent her whole life worrying about where to find water, especially during the 6-8 months of the dry season. She prays for safe water in her village.

Tasila is hopeful that her daughter will have clean drinking water one day. Then, no longer burdened by long arduous walks and stomach illnesses, Monica would be able to go to school.


Martin smiles as he tenderly thumbs through the pages of his new Bible, a cherished item he never thought he would own. He is sitting on a bench, reading scripture to his young son, Daniel. “I’ve never held an actual Bible in my hands, much less owned one,” he says with reverence.

In Martin’s village, they are celebrating because they have received a community water system that provides safe, drinkable water, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) training. 

Zambian man sitting with his son on his lap, reading the bible
When Martin received his Bible, it was the most important moment in his life, for he was finally able to read the Word of God to his son, Daniel.

In addition, they will each receive a Bible, each one printed in the native Chichewa language. It’s a moment that resonates deeply with the Gospel of John and the parable of the Woman at the Well, in which we can proclaim, the words of Jesus, “Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Eight Zambian women from a small village sit outdoors, arranged in a circle on the ground, each holding a Bible on their laps. One woman stands among them, holding a Bible and leading a Bible study session.
All the new Bible owners in Martin’s village have formed study groups.

The Holy Spirit is present in every moment of this special occasion, and Martin is particularly overcome with praise. This, after all, is the most important moment of his life — the moment Martin himself will be able to read the Word of God to his son, Daniel.

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The UN estimates that between 93 and 150 million children worldwide live with a disability. In developing countries, these children are often unable to attend school, play outside or access specialized resources. Negative stigma or superstition among their parents, neighbors and community leaders often reinforce these barriers.

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In developed countries, basic medical supplies such as gauze, wraps, bandages, and syringes are commonplace. Unfortunately, that is often not the case in the developing world. Christian doctors and volunteers in developing countries frequently run low on these supplies, and they also lack the funds to keep large inventories on hand.

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A gift of a safe, secure home is tangible affirmation of God’s love for a desperate family — it brings hope, health, stability and opportunity. Most poor families must settle for much less. Mired in poverty, they are forced to live in unsafe shacks fashioned from mud and thatch.

You can provide the life-changing gift of a safe, storm-resistant new home with Cross partners Ambuya Development Center in Malawi and Hope of Life in Guatemala. A new home will ease the family’s burdens, protect them from the wind and rain, and help them achieve their dreams.

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The gift of an education is an investment that reaps long-term dividends for a child’s future. By opening doors for the children of the poor to enroll in Christian schools and get the same educational opportunities as their more economically well-off peers, you are giving not just a hand-out but a “hand-up.”

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Through emergency child rescue services, vocational training, anti-trafficking programs and Bible literacy classes, Cross International is helping vulnerable women and children reclaim their lives. Inspired by Jesus’ love, we work shoulder to shoulder with our in-country partners, empowering them to create change that lasts so that those who need help will eventually be able to stand confidently on their own. Be a part of this good news and make a life-saving gift part of your holidays.

Your gift will help protect victims of gender-based violence and also help save marginalized women and children from harm.

This gift will benefit: Haiti, Guatemala, Nicaragua

Provide Clean, Safe Water

Our ministry partner, the Kachere Development Center, has an ambitious plan to install 20 wells, providing 5,160 adults and 8,414 children with clean water. Our goal is to finance the drilling and installation of one well – part of an entire community water system, which includes training to maintain the well, and sanitation and hygiene training for improved health.

One borehole can provide 2,800 gallons of safe, life-sustaining water every day. Help us bring clean, safe water to one of these villages today — in a way that will last for generations.

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One of nine people worldwide survive on less than $1.90 a day. Without training and supplies to grow moneymaking crops and breed profitable livestock, poor farmers stay locked in the cycle of poverty.

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The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 811 million in the world suffer from under-nourishment. By providing the gift of food, you will save the lives of thousands of hungry children and their families in developing countries.

Your gift will provide meals for ministry partners such as Divine Shelter Schools in Haiti and Hope of Life in Guatemala. A generous donation during this season of giving will change lives forever.

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Most Urgent Needs

Inspired by the love of Jesus, we work shoulder to shoulder with local leaders overseas, equipping families with the resources they need to thrive – basics like food, clean water and healthcare, as well as longer-term community transformation projects that will ensure lasting change.

By giving to our Thriving Kids Initiative, you’re not only meeting children’s Most Urgent Needs, you’re also helping lift their families – even entire communities – out of poverty.

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Feed Hungry Children

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 811 million in the world suffer from under-nourishment. By providing the gift of food, you will save the lives of thousands of hungry children and their families in developing countries like Haiti, Malawi, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Your gift will support the provision of meals and other basic services that are essential for survival. A generous donation during this season of giving will change lives forever.

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