In northern Sumatra, Indonesia, less than half the villages have acceptable drinking water. People from each village, usually women, sometimes walk more than a mile for clean water. The difficulty of providing water leaves villagers bathing in contaminated ponds or ditches, spreading disease.
But the Simalungun Protestant Christian [Lutheran] Church — 320 congregations located mainly in northern Sumatra and served by 40 pastors — has developed several water projects across the country through the Lutheran World Federation's Department for Mission and Development. The projects bring clean water to small villages through ram pump systems. The projects are partially funded and maintained by each village, and a loan is made by LWF for the balance.
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