Providing Sustainable Solutions
Deep Tube Wells
In the United States, there is access to safe, clean drinking water wherever we go. However, many of our brothers and sisters in South Asia are struggling to find water, much less clean water. With issues such as extreme drought, over-population and a lack of sanitation in many rural areas, there is a scarcity of safe drinking water in many rural towns and villages.
Without access to clean water, many suffer needlessly from preventable illnesses and water-borne diseases during times of water shortage.
Through their work with rural communities, Empart field workers and key women have identified the need to provide fresh drinking water for poor communities.
Empart has committed to drilling deep tube bore wells across southern Asia where chronic drought exists. In 2016, Empart drilled 136 well, impacting 282 villages and 28,741 people.
You have the power to help prevent the spread of illness and disease. You have the power to help save lives. A donation to the Empart Deep Tube Bore Wells Project can provide access to clean water and a fresh start for communities in need.
Empart is making a difference in the lives of women through our Skills Centers and the Sew and Sow Tailoring Program. Each woman who attends is empowered through the teaching of sewing skills and the Word of God.
The Sew and Sow Program is run by the local church, through Skills Centers which provide six month Tailoring courses (three mornings per week) where poor women are taught to make traditional Indian clothes and soft toys as well as embroidery. At the end of the course, each woman is presented with a hand-operated sewing machine (locally made) at a graduation service.
Providing skills and empowering a woman in this way allows her to start her own business, provide for her family and ensures that her children are able to go to school and receive a proper education.
The poverty cycle is broken through the gift of a $150 sewing machine!
At least 636 million people in southern Asia lack toilets, according to the latest census data.
“I am moved by the fact that a child dies every 2 and a half minutes from diseases linked to open defecation. Those are silent deaths – not reported… Let’s not remain silent any longer.” UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson (May 2014)
One third of humanity (2.5 billion people) still does not have access to proper sanitation, including toilets or latrines, with dramatic consequences on human health, dignity and security, the environment, and social and economic development. Over one billion people worldwide practice open defecation, one of the clearest manifestations of extreme poverty.
The lack of improved sanitation impacts vulnerable populations such as persons with disabilities and women, who are more exposed to sexual violence. Lack of private toilets in schools is a major reason why girls do not continue their education once they enter puberty. This is a crisis that contributes to disease, childhood malnutrition, loss of economic output and violence against women.
To help support these communities with safe sanitation facilities, Empart is adopting a very effective toilet design, approved nationally and internationally, that is eco-friendly, socio-culturally acceptable, and economically affordable. The toilet can be easily constructed using local materials and skills. Keeping in view the large number of users in slums and urban settings, and depending on the location we are planning to construct a mix of single and double pit toilets.
In 2016, Empart built 97 community toilets that will serve over 10,000 people.
For $1500, Empart can build one block of toilets,enabling families and individuals to access hygienic sanitation without fear of discrimination. There are no ongoing costs involved as the community will be responsible for the continued operation and maintenance.
Imagine believing that you were worth less than a rat? What if you were denied the right to education and health care? How would you feel if you were forced to work in hazardous and unhygienic conditions? Or treated like a leper based purely on your caste?
Sadly this is the reality for thousands of people groups in southern Asia. There are more than 300 million ‘Untouchables’ (they prefer to be called Dalits) who are living in slavery, forced into jobs that are demeaning with no hope for change.
The Caste Reconciliation Movement is an exciting initiative Empart has developed to bring hope to thousands of people living in social and spiritual slavery. Our goal is to bring freedom and change to millions of mistreated and abused people in Asian society.
Empart is organizing rallies where entire communities are invited and all castes can come together. We invite political leaders, Westerners, High-Caste Brahmins, Christian and other religious leaders and anyone who is willing to apologize for the appalling treatment of the low castes.
We ask for their forgiveness; tell them that they are created in the image and likeness of God; affirm them of their value and then encourage them to pursue a future, if not for themselves, then for their children. This event ends in a foot washing ceremony where the feet of the low caste members are washed by leaders of society to demonstrate respect to the mistreated castes.
Many people from low caste groups would not even dare to shake your hand. For them to experience their feet being washed by those of a higher caste is a defining moment in their lives and deeply transformative.
General Aid & Development
At Empart, we believe in holistic transformation – mental, physical and spiritual. As our workers reach out to their communities with love, they also seek to address the immediate needs of the people. When persecution, natural disasters and illness affect the local community, our Field Workers are there with food, clothing, blankets and first aid supplies.
In August/September of 2017, floods wreaked havoc on the area, displacing hundreds of thousands of people from the homes and without the most basic of resources. Empart field workers were on the ground from the beginning providing resource kits with blankets, food and supplies to flood victims.