Creating Belonging in an Outcast Community

By Send Relief Staff

The area of 45,000 villages is collectively dubbed “the lowest and sickliest state” of South Asia.

Villagers are unable to touch another human outside their family or immediate community lest they pass their “social disease” on to others.

The isolation these people feel extends beyond the physical—they have been emotionally and mentally abandoned by their countrymen.

Villagers have neither the tools nor the financial means to dig their own wells or obtain a source of safe drinking water. As a result, many have resorted to secretly drinking the consecrated water in Hindu temples or walking to faraway ponds and rivers. Because they must make these treks often, many children have been forced to drop out of school to fetch the day’s water supply for their families.

The social discrimination villagers face has now resulted in their contracting water-borne diseases on a mass scale, with entire communities often falling ill after ingesting contaminated water.

With the help of our partners and your generosity—Send Relief installed 25 clean water wells that will provide safe drinking water to over 5,000 people!

Now, villagers have access to clean water in their homes. Children are back in school and disease rates are plummeting.

Still more exciting, in each village that a Send Relief water well was built, local church planters came to dedicate them in the name of Jesus, the Living Water, with the words of John 4:13-14: “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Thank you for caring for South Asia’s most vulnerable communities—you are leaving a lasting impact in the lives of grateful strangers! Give today to help more families gain access to clean water.

Give clean water now!

The gift of water is the gift of life.


Published June 29, 2022

Send Relief Staff