India is the second most populous country in the world (1.37 billion people), and yet, it is still a developing country. Even with all the infrastructure activities being carried out by government and private agencies and NGOs, a lot of development still needs to take place for a large segment of the population. Due to a shortage of resources, a small percentage of people are still illiterate. Health and Education facilities are not available to the entire population, as agriculture methods are still primitive and a large number of people fall below the poverty line.
Because of atypical monsoons and the lack of clean water facilities in many localities, families and cattle are suffering for want of drinking water. Because of a shortage of rainfall, the ground water level has fallen much deeper. In Andhra Pradesh, 25 percent of landmasses are made up of forests and uncultivated fields. The state is full of villages and small hamlets, as India is an agriculture-based country. And, Andhra Pradesh finds itself highly dependent on agriculture. Unfortunately, these villages do not have proper drinking water facilities. Residents are very poor, illiterate and are daily-wage-laborers. The summer months in Andhra Pradesh bring hot temperatures and little rain. As a result, people suffer from a lack of drinking water. Residents often drink from open wells, running streams and ponds – many of which can bring water-borne diseases like diarrhea, typhoid fever and hepatitis. Many of the people who contract these diseases die due to a lack of accessible and affordable medical care. Poor people cannot afford the costly medical treatments found in private hospitals, and there are not enough government-run hospitals to cover all of the villages.
Because of its geographical location, rainfall is low, and temperatures high in Andhra Pradesh. The climate can be divided into three seasons – summer, rainy and winter. During the summer season, which runs from February through June, the temperature reaches up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit with average temperatures hovering around 104 degrees. Villagers struggle with drought conditions and sometimes cyclones. Ground water is mainly fed by rain. The amount of rain water entering the ground varies from location to location. Evaporation of ground water is higher in warm soil areas like Andhra Pradesh. Hence, the availability of ground water is low.
AMG International has been digging borewells in Andhra Pradesh to help residents by making clean groundwater available. Without AMG borewells, people have to walk long distances to fetch water for their daily needs from open water sources like village tanks, which can cause severe diarrhea and other diseases.Over the years, AMG has dug several borewells throughout slums and needy villages in the region, making it so women no longer have to walk two to three miles to fetch a pot of drinking water.
By digging borewells, we are showing the love of God to people in need. The villagers welcome our staff and national leaders with open hearts because of what we do for them. This gives us an opportunity to share the Good News in these villages. We are driven by the words of Jesus who said, “I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,” when providing clean drinking water to village communities. Thus far, AMG has installed borewells in 13 villages, and has provided clean drinking water to 12,969 people representing 2,552 families in need. We are able to install borewells and impact communities because of the support we receive from AMG’s financial partners. We are grateful to you for demonstrating Christian compassion and love to people in India. In so doing, it opens the way for us to share the Word of God and demonstrate His love in the many villages we serve. The villagers appreciate all you do for them through AMG International.