Christians in Egypt are a despised minority, and many live in desperate poverty without ready access to even basic resources such as water. In a Christian town in Upper Egypt, Barnabas Fund helped to improve some of the inhabitants’ pitiable living conditions by paying for water connections to their homes. Now 70 families have clean, running water, and they no longer have to carry heavy loads several times a day from the nearest source.
The lives of Christian converts from Islam in South and Central Asia are sometimes put at risk when their Muslim neighbours prevent them from drawing water from the communal sources. Having wells dug on their own properties allows them to continue living there. Barnabas is also helping to provide wells on church land for the beleaguered Christians of Aleppo in Syria, whose water supplies have been severely disrupted by recent heavy fighting.