|Well Project in Erandoli, Maharashtra State, India|
Operation Blessing International - Clean Water Project: India
Descripton of the village & people:
Erandoli is a village located in Sangli district in the state of Maharashtra, lndia, southeast of Mumbai (Bombay). It
is known as "the Turmeric city." The nearby mandals (districts) have sugarcane factories and
the surrounding cities around this village have famous temples. The villagers are
very religious and highly superstitious. The hills are the main natural feature in
the area. Though it is one of the most agriculturally developed districts, the
situation in rural villages is very poor. People here are economically backward
and live below the poverty line. They live in mud and stone built houses with
roofs that are covered with hay stalks or tiles. Agriculture is the major occupation.
The chief crops grown are turmeric, groundnut (peanut), jowar (sorghum) and sugarcane.
Marathi is the main language, but Kannada and Hindi are also spoken in some areas. The majority of the people in this village follow Hindu religion, while a few others are Jains, Muslims, Buddhists and Christians. Most of them are of the Scheduled Caste, traditionally poor. Most of the villagers are uneducated and are unable to read.
Descripton of the village & people (continued) and of the Project:
In this district, most of the farmers suffer from chronic drought. Many work as agricultural laborers, some engage in
animal husbandry, and very few are nonagricultural laborers working in spinning
mills and other small commercial outlets in the nearby towns. Fever, malaria and
skin infections are common in this village. There are no basic amenities like safe
drinking water, medical or educational facilities in this village.
Observing the hardships the villagers were facing for drinking water, Brother Joseph Awale contacted our Clean Water Project team for help and submitted a request for a bore well. The team surveyed the area and drilled the bore well in an ideal location beneficial to allthe villagers
Description of the well dedication:
Around 60 people attended the well dedication service. Brother Joseph Awale
started the dedication with a prayer and shared the Word of God from the book of
John 4: 13, 14 Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be
thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.
Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up
to eternal life."
Brother explained to the villagers, "God loves us and cares for us. He will answer our prayers as we call to Him in faith and we must remember that Jesus is the source of life. Life in Christ is new, abundant, and eternal life. God alone offers the living waters which yield a lasting satisfaction and contentment. God's invitation is for everyone, to understand and accept His offer of salvation and eternal life. When we go through trials, we must remember that we have a great and mighty God and we need to have faith in Him, trusting Him to provide for us. When we go to the Lord in faith, even physical burdens are also made lighter as He provides for our every need. Those who trust in the living God have all their wants supplied. He shall feed them and lead them to living waters." The villagers heard the message with much interest. Brother prayed for the well that it may be a blessing to many villagers and dedicated it for the glory of God.
Hygiene Lecture: After the message, the team spent some time explaining to the villagers about
health and hygiene and its importance for daily living.
Outreach and number of New Relatonships: 3
Expressions of appreciation by the villagers:
Lakshmi, 45-yr-old village woman who previously was forced to make several trips a day to the government water tap. : "The day starts with my thoughts on water and ends with the realization that the water I managed to get will be gone and we need more! The hope for a new water source has been on everyone's mind and all the village women have been waiting for that day, which is today! This water source is like a gift to me. Your contribution is a great support to me and now we are all assured of having sufficient water for our needs. I am very grateful for your efforts and thank you for your love."
updated July 3, 2014