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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

UPDATE Khalladahe Projects: New Church Building and Safe Water

In the western villages near Dhangarhi, the September 2008 floods caused severe damage. Khalladahe Siwir is located on a fertile river plain and is home to 400 families. At Khalladahe, the water was four feet deep as floods flashed through the village, taking food, livestock, and many possessions away, and leaving behind poisoned food and drink. Many homes had traces of mud on their walls, three to four feet high, when Marian visited in October 2008 and many people were sick.

A donor gave some money for two church buildings, but the village of Khalladahe needed a lot of help, so all of the funds and more were spent to construct a brick building on a stone foundation. The Khalladahe church building is high enough to protect many people during floods. A Living Water Treatment System has been installed next to it, with a water tower that provides a gravity feed to the system. An electric pump raises water from a shallow well to the water tank on the tower.

June 2009
Our team of ten joined our key guy on the ground in that village for the installation and dedication of a church building and flood shelter at Khalladahe. The building was full as we dedicated it, prayed for the sick (including a boy who had been gored by a bull, literally spilling his guts), then cut lots of ribbons to inaugurate the water system. The people reveled in the filtered and treated water. Over the next few and months, it took some effort to regulate the chlorine in the system. Sometimes, it was excessive, and people reacted to excess chlorine in the water.
Dedicating the new building

Church, Flood Shelter and Water System

Ashley Miller, service team member May 2009, cuts the ribbon on the LWTS

Tasting clean water
October 2009
It was a joy to be back in October, with Emilie Clark and Steve and Zach Robinson. Large areas of the southwest of Nepal had been badly flooded. Khalladahe (which means “lowland”), just a few feet above the river, would again be a candidate for disaster. But that did not happen. When the rain fell for a week, the people of Khalladahe were in the church building, fasting and praying and asking God to spare their village. And, praise God, there were no floods in Khalladahe in 2009! When we visited, we again prayed for the sick. Where was the boy who had been gored by a bull? Happy and healthy, with a large scar on his stomach.